STRIKFORNATO participated in Bold Alligator 2014
4 Dec 2014
From 23 October through 9 November, several staff officers from the Headquarters, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) participated as members of the Fleet Headquarters for Exercise BOLD ALLIGATOR 14, the largest Amphibious exercise on the United States East Coast.
BOLD ALLIGATOR is a multinational littoral warfare exercise hosted by the United States and has been held annually since 2011. This year, 19 partner nations participated, sending a diverse capability set consisting of Marines, amphibious ships, submarines, frigates and destroyers, that were integrated into a larger U.S. maritime force consisting of Expeditionary Strike Group TWO (ESG-2) and 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (2MEB).
In the preceding years, BOLD ALLIGATOR tested the capability of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team, as well as coalition partners to conduct a full-scale amphibious landing in a medium-threat environment. The 2014 version targeted training on the capability to conduct Crisis Response Operations in a complex maritime environment through a live scenario-driven exercise designed to improve this core competency. This was accomplished though the rapid deployment of a command element with composite, task organized surface-air ground forces that were forward based and rapidly deployable in order to fulfil Combatant Command (COCOM) requirements across the full spectrum of Naval and Amphibious operations from foreign disaster response to initial entry.
STRIKFORNATO’S primary role is the rapid integration of major U.S. Carrier Strike Group and Expeditionary Strike Group formations into a NATO-led operation. This long running partnership with ESG-2 and 2MEB in the BOLD ALLIGATOR series is critical to maintaining this capability. STRIKFORNATO staff served as planners, liaison officers, and drove the Coalition Force Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) cell through exercise execution