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1 German-Netherlands Corps now Land Component Command for the NRF

MÜNSTER, Germany - The 1 German / Netherlands Corps (1GNC) has taken over responsibility of the Land Component Command for the NATO Response Force (NRF) from the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Italy during a ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019.

"The NATO allies trust on the NATO Response Force as a vital element in our collective defence," says Lieutenant General Michiel van der Laan, Commander 1GNC. "And we have proven to be ready for it."

Launched in 2002, the NRF is a highly ready and technologically advanced, multinational force made up of land, air, maritime, and Special Operations Forces. It can be deployed quickly, wherever needed for the collective defence of NATO's territory or other crisis-response operations. The NRF is based on a rotational system where allied nations commit units for a period of 12 months.

1GNC was part of the NRF on three occasions: 2005, 2008, and 2015. "We are again on standby, ready to be deployed wherever and whenever," added Van der Laan. During the ceremony, the command of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) was also transferred. 

In 2019, the unit will be based at the German 9th Panzerlehrbrigade. The Netherlands and Norway support the German contingent with capabilities such as aviation and mechanized infantry. France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, Latvia and Lithuania also provide forces.  

Story by PAO 1 German / Netherlands Corps

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