Rapid Reaction Corps France assumes responsibility as NATO Response Force (NRF) Land Component for all of 2022. The Rapid Reaction Corps France (RRC-FRA) took over the land responsibility of the NRF22 from NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Turkey (NRDC-TUR), who had the mission for all of 2021.
RRC-FRA’s preparation for this role began in 2020 and culminated last October during exercise Steadfast Jupiter 21 in Stavanger, Norway. Exercise STJU21 was NATO’s largest and most challenging command post exercise for 2021.
“Our task as NRF is to safeguard NATO and to deter any possible aggressor.”
At the tactical level, JFCBS is supported by a number of component commanders drawn from NATO nations. The Land Component commander for 2022 is Headquarters Rapid Reaction Corps (France), the Maritime Component Commander is Commander United Kingdom Strike Force, and the Air Component Commander is NATO AIRCOM at Ramstein Airbase in Germany, supported by the French JFAC.
The NRF consists of the full spectrum of military effects, including Special Operations Forces, Counter-CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) Forces and CIMIC (Civil-Military Cooperation). Command of Special Operations Forces is provided by Italian Joint Special Forces Operations Headquarters (ITA-SOCC), Counter-CBRN is provided by a French CBRN Battalion and CIMIC by the Multinational CIMIC Group, based in Italy.
The NRF is a highly ready and technologically advanced multinational force made up of land, air, maritime and Special Forces components that the Alliance can deploy quickly to wherever it is needed. Its mission is to provide a rapid demonstration of force and the early establishment of NATO military presence in support of an Article 5 or Crisis Response Operation and to be a catalyst for transformation of capabilities in the Alliance.
“History teaches us that weakness invites aggression.” mentioned Lieutenant General Cloutier, LANDCOM Commander, during the ceremony.