On December 5-8, greater than 100 logisticians from throughout NATO assembled at Headquarters Multinational Corps Northeast (MNC NE) to rehearse the deployment of NATO’s Very Excessive Readiness Joint Activity Power (VJTF) into Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The rehearsal was carried out within the body of the so-called Tabletop Train (TTX) Griffin Power-II. The members emphasised that they wished to be as thorough as doable so as to be ready for any VJTF-related state of affairs.

“It’s in our personal curiosity to extend the resilience of the deployment plans for the VJTF. This, in fact, serves a deterrence goal, however it’s equally vital to be prepared the second a possible battle begins. An train like this is a superb method to uncover the challenges we should overcome to make that doable,” Lieutenant Basic Jürgen-Joachim von Sandrart, Commander MNC NE, highlighted in the course of the Griffin Power-II opening.

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The VJTF deployment from Spain to Poland as a part of train Sensible Leap 16, Could 18, 2016 (Photographs by MNC NE Public Affairs Workplace)

Upon the completion of Griffin Power-II, Colonel Andrzej Cholewa, Assistant Chief of Employees J4 MNC NE, mentioned:“ The fruitful discussions over the past couple of days have undoubtedly improved and strengthened our deployment plans; I’m very pleased with the logisticians who’ve been working laborious earlier than in addition to throughout this TTX.”

Consequently, Griffin Power-II served to debate varied logistical challenges and to supply options to recognized wants or alternatives. Utilizing maps and deployment knowledge, this TTX promoted shared understanding of logistical elements within the Baltic Sea area. Stability, peace and democracy in NATO’s northeastern area closely depend on the Alliance’s capability to offer credible deterrence, e.g. via a swift deployment of well-prepared multinational forces, and MNC NE as NATO’s Regional Land Element Command is accountable for receiving incoming VJTF troops in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.