An active preparation for the upcoming NATO Response force (NRF) exercise „Steadfast Jazz 2013” has begun in Adazi Base in Latvia. During the exercise Adazi Base will be the main deployed NRF Headquarters location, hosting hundreds of exercise participants from Joint Force Command Brunssum and other military staffs.
Since mid-September the building of the camp which will be used as the exercise HQ area is carried out.
NATO Support Agency (NSPA) who is responsible for the creation of the camp is planning to build up 50 tents covering the area of 3,900 m2. The tents will host 500 exercise participants and will be used as the office space, meeting rooms and for other HQ needs.
All the tents will be equipped with electricity and heating, which is especially important taking into account the weather conditions in November in Latvia.
80 containers in total were necessary to transport all the equipment for creation of such a camp in Adazi, using both land and sea transport.
The building is done by 40 soldiers of Staff Battalion of the Latvian National Armed Forces under the command of NSPA instructors.
„We are very pleased with the progress of the building so far. Latvian soldiers are working very quickly. We are ahead of schedule and it seems that we will finish the building of tents a week earlier than planned”, says John Williams, Deployable Team Chief of NSPA. The weather conditions have also helped a lot, as the builders so far have experienced only few rainy days.
The creation of such a camp requires long preparation and planning, taking into account the specifics of each area. For example, the main challenge in Adazi Base is utility pipes in the camp area which have to be avoided while planning the location of tents.
NSPA is building such deployable HQ space once a year and similar camps have been created also for the previous NRF exercises „Steadfast Juncture”. NSPA will provide also the maintenance of the camp during the exercise in November.
„My team likes here in Latvia, we are having a good fellowship with Latvian soldiers, some friendships also may arise during this cooperation”, John admits.
After the building of the tents are finished and the electricity and heating is set up, the work on installation of communication and information systems (CIS) will start. It also means that the new cargos with CIS equipment are expected to arrive in Adazi in coming weeks.
NATO and partner nations will conduct exercise “Steadfast Jazz 2013” in Latvia and in Poland from 2 - 9 November 2013 which is designed to train and test NRF. The event involves about 6,000 personnel from many Allied and partner nations. A command and control exercise will be conducted at the Adazi Base, Latvia and several other headquarters locations across the Alliance. In addition, the multinational troops will be involved in the live exercise in Poland’s Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area. At the conclusion of the exercise, the headquarters staff from Joint Force Command Brunssum will be officially certified to lead NATO joint operations in 2014.