On Sunday (1 January 2023), Germany takes the lead of NATO’s highest-readiness navy power, putting 1000’s of troops on standby and able to deploy inside days. NATO’s Very Excessive Readiness Joint Activity Drive (VJTF) was created in 2014 on the core of a strengthened NATO Response Drive, following Russia’s unlawful annexation of Crimea and crises within the Center East. Germany takes over from France, which led the power in 2022. In response to Russia’s full-fledged invasion of Ukraine in February this yr, NATO deployed parts of the VJTF to Romania on the unit’s first ever collective-defence mission.

“Germany is a crucial Ally and we thank Germany for main the VJTF in 2023. As Russia’s unlawful conflict in Ukraine continues to threaten peace and safety in Europe, there should be little question about NATO’s resolve to guard and defend each inch of Allied territory. The VJTF is NATO’s first responder and a key a part of our collective defence. Germany’s management is a powerful show of its dedication and capabilities”, mentioned NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu.


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The Very Excessive Readiness Joint Activity Drive (VJTF) is the highest-readiness ingredient of NATO Response Drive (NRF). VJTF management and membership rotate yearly amongst Allies. In 2023, VJTF land forces will comprise round 11,500 thousand troops, with the Panzergrenadierbrigade 37 at its core. In complete, 9 NATO Allies (Belgium, Czechia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia) will contribute. Among the many main models are Germany’s Panzerbataillon 393, Artillerielehrbataillon 345, Versorgungsbataillon 131 and Transporthubschrauberregiment 30. For the primary time, Germany additionally leads the VJTF’s designated Particular Forces command.

The NRF is a high-readiness power comprising land, air, sea and particular forces models able to being deployed shortly. Till February 2022, when NATO activated it in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, models assigned to the NRF had solely been used to help with catastrophe reduction and safety at high-profile safety occasions. On 25 February 2022 after a NATO assembly, the Very Excessive Readiness Joint Activity Drive (VJTF) was activated for the protection of members of the alliance, for the primary time. The NRF at the moment contains as much as 40,000 troops and can be elevated to over 300,000 troops. It contains models from a number of nations that don’t belong to NATO: non-member companions, Finland, which first contributed forces in 2008; Sweden, 2013; Ukraine, 2014; and Georgia, 2015.