MARCOM Welcomes Visitors for TRIDENT JEWEL
NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) welcomed the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Philip M. Breedlove, and the Commander of Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO), Vice Admiral James Foggo, to observe MARCOM’s full operational capability (FOC) certification Exercise TRIDENT JEWEL.
The exercise tests the headquarters staff’s abilities to manage a joint multinational operation with a significant maritime component. Months of planning have gone into this particular exercise, to include the development of complex operational plans, taking into account all aspects of joint military operations.
During the visit, SACEUR and STRIKFORNATO observed the MARCOM staff of 300 and more than 110 augmentees, trainers and evaluators work through a complex non-Article V crisis in a fictitious non-NATO nation, commanding air and land forces, logistics and Special Forces, as well as its regular maritime capabilities such as ships, submarines, and maritime patrol aircraft.
Gen. Breedlove said:
Exercise TRIDENT JEWEL will test the Mission Essential Task List (METL) of the Allied Maritime Command as part of NATO’s overall efforts to ensure its readiness to meet challenges at speed with capable forces.