1 German-Netherlands Corps now Land Component Command for the NRF
During a Handover / Takeover Ceremony at the Prinz Claus Kazerne in Münster, 1 German/Netherlands Corps took over as Land Component Command for the NATO Response Force. - Photo by PAO 1 German/Netherlands Corps
Jan 9, 2019
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