31 October 2003
NATO to Conduct Exercise in Istanbul Nov. 3-18
Allied Action 2003 practices multinational crisis
Over 2,000 personnel from NATO, Partner and Partner-invitee countries
will participate in a military exercise in Istanbul November 3-18.
Called "Allied Action 2003" (AA 03), the exercise will give participants
the opportunity to practice procedures for planning and mounting
a multinational operation in accordance with the Combined Joint
Task Force (CJTF) concept, involving crisis response activities
in fictitious countries beyond Alliance territory.
The last NATO exercise in the series, named Allied Effort 2001,
took place in Poland.
Following is a NATO press advisory:
NATO Press Advisory
EXERCISE ALLIED ACTION 2003 - NATO EXERCISES A COMBINED JOINT
TASK FORCE IN TURKEY
ALLIED ACTION 2003 (AA 03), A NATO Command Post Exercise will
take place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 03--18 November 2003. AA 03
will be conducted by Regional Headquarters Allied Forces North
Europe (RHQ AFNORTH). This exercise is designed to validate the
role of RHQ AFNORTH as an operational level headquarters, capable
of launching a fully deployable Combined Joint Task Force CJTF).
Over 2000 personnel will participate from supporting NATO Headquarters
and from the following nations:
17 NATO member nations: Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark,
France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway,
Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United
States of America;
6 Invitee Partner nations: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania,
Romania and Slovenia;
10 Partner nations: Austria, Azerbaijan, Finland, the former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia(1), Georgia, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland,
Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
The participants will practise the procedures for planning and
mounting a multinational operation, which includes all services
in accordance with the CJTF concept. The exercise scenario portrays
a crisis response operation in fictitious countries beyond Alliance
The exercise is one of a series started in 1999, designed to practise
and validate NATO concepts and doctrine to meet the challenges
of possible future operations. The last NATO exercise in the series,
named Allied Effort 2001, took place in Poland, in NATO's Northern
region. Preparation for this exercise started over 18 months ago.
This exercise is an important step in the implementation process
of the CJTF concept, which will provide the Alliance with a vital
tool for crisis management in the 21st century.
From 15 October 2003, RHQ AFNORTH is also responsible for the
further development of NATO's new High Readiness Joint and Combined
Force: NATO Response Force (NRF).
The Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) is the Officer Scheduling
the Exercise and the Commander-in-Chief North Europe (CINCNORTH)
is the Officer Conducting the Exercise.
Note for the editor:
Media questions should be addressed to HQ AFNORTH Public Information
Office, tel +31 (0)45 526 2409, fax +31 (0)45 526 3095, e-mail:
Media visiting from outside Turkey are encouraged to plan their
visits on the 12 Nov., which will be a media-day. Further information
will also be found on www.afnorth.nato.int
(1)Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional