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NATO Exercise Naming Convention

At the present time, NATO exercises are identified by two words. The first letter of the first word denotes the NATO command responsible for scheduling the exercise.

Exercise Naming Conventions - First Word
HQ SACT - Allied Command TransformationTRIDENT (TR)1 GNC - German-Netherlands CorpsSWORD (SW)
SHAPE - Supreme Heaquarters Allied Powers EuropeSTEADFAST (ST)ARRC - Allied Rapid Reaction CorpsARRCADE (AR)
JFCBS - Joint Force Command BrunssumBRILLIANT (BR)EUROCORPS - European CorpsCOMMON (CO)
JFCNP - Joint Force Command NaplesNOBLE (NO)NRDC ESP - NATO Rapid Deployable Corps - SpainVALIANT (VA)
JFCNF - Joint Force Command Norfolk FORCEFUL (FF)NRDC ITA - NATO Rapid Deployable Corps - ItalyEAGLE (EA)
JSEC - Joint Support and Enabling Command COMBINED (CO)NRDC GRC - NATO Rapid Deployable Corps - GreeceGORDIAN (GO)
AIRCOM - Allied Air CommandRAMSTEIN (RA)NRDC TUR - NATO Rapid Deployable Corps - TurkeyEURASIAN (EU)
LANDCOM - Allied Land CommandLOYAL (LO)RRC-FRA - Rapid Reaction Corps FranceCITADEL (CI)
MARCOM - Allied Maritime Command DYNAMIC (DY)MNC-NE - Multinational Corps NortheastGRIFFIN (GR)
UK JFAC - United Kingdom Joint Force Air ComponentSILVER (SI)MND-NE - Multinational Division NortheastAMBER (AM)
TUR JFAC - Turkey Joint Force Air ComponentVULKAN (VU)MND-N - Multinational Division NorthKNIGHT (KN)
FRA MARFOR - French Maritime ForcesCATAMARAN (CA)MND-SE - Multinational Division SoutheastDACIAN (DA)
ITA MARFOR - Italian Maritime ForcesMARE APERTO (MA)

ESP MARFOR - Spanish Maritime ForcesFLOTEX

UK MARFOR - United Kingdom Maritime ForcesJOINT WARRIOR (JW)

The second word in the name of a NATO Exercise serves to highlight the focus of the exercise. This focus is determined by the focal discipline being trained.

Exercise Naming Conventions - Second Word
Joint exercises are multi-domain and cross-functional.  2nd word starts with a J like Joint.
Functional Area activities focus on one Functional Area.  The second word starts with the letter bolded below.Domain activities four on one domain and are cross functional.  The second word starts with the letter bolded below.
Civil Military Cooperation and Civil Military InteractionAir Operations
Consultation, Command and ControlCyberspace Operations
Counter-Improvised Explosive DevicesLand Operations
Education, Training, Exercises and EvaluationMaritime Operations
Intelligence (including Meteorology and Oceanography)Nuclear Operations
Joint TargetingSpace Support to Operations
LogisticsSpecial Operations
Medical SupportCapability Development
Military EngineeringBallistic Missile Defence
Military PolicingFederated Mission Networking
Operations Planning, Operations Assessment and Alternative AnalysisMission Execution Enhancement
Strategic CommunicationsBuilding Integrity
Weapons of Mass Destruction / Chemical Biological Radioactive Nuclear DefenceCounter-Terrorism

Energy Security

Gender in Military Operations

Military Contribution to Peace Support

For example, DYNAMIC MASTER 21 is a MARCOM Maritime exercise.

Naming convention-exceptions:

(1) Exercise STEADFAST DEFENDER does not follow the NATO Exercise Naming Convention as for the first letter of the second word. The first word “STEADFAST” indicates SHAPE as OSE, which is correct. The second word should have started with “J…” as this is a joint exercise. However, due to MJX STEADFAST DEFENDER close links with the US exercise DEFENDER the second word is similar to the linked US exercise.

(2) AIRCOM Outstations (CAOCUE/CAOCTJ/DACCC) exercise activities will follow the NATO Force Structure methodology, since there are not specific agencies indicators other than the one explicitly referring to them (i.e. UE, TJ, PO). For example, Exercise UEDEM AWAKENING will be shortened in UEAW.

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