Exercise Cooperative Marlin 2006

NORTHWOOD, UK -- Exercise Cooperative Marlin 2006, a NATO command post exercise to provide interoperability training with partner nations, will take place in Sevastopol, Ukraine from 19 - 28 September 2006.

Cooperative Marlin 2006 will educate NATO's partners in alliance procedures and concepts to enhance mutual understanding and interoperability. After a study period, participants will apply NATO procedures through a tactical application period in a fictitious crisis response scenario.

The training provided in this exercise will be followed by the live maritime exercise called Cooperative Mako, which will be conducted by Allied Maritime Component Command Naples in 2007.

Military personnel from eight NATO nations (Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, and Turkey) will participate in the exercise together with six partnership for peace countries (Albania, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Finland, Russia and Ukraine), and two Mediterranean dialogue nations (Algeria and Israel).

Two Istanbul cooperation initiative countries (Qatar and the United Arab Emirates) will also attend as observers.

While the NATO nations will primarily send instructors, the training audience will be made up of 50+ students from the partnership for peace and Mediterranean dialogue countries, to include Ukrainian and Russian officers.

Exercise Cooperative marlin will be conducted under the responsibility of Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent KCB CBE, Commander Allied Maritime Component Command Northwood.

Source: Government News Network