STRIKFORNATO executes exercise FORMIDABLE SHIELD 17
Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO)
will execute the Integrated Air and Missile Defence exercise FORMIDABLE SHIELD
17 from 24 September to 18 October 2017.
FORMIDABLE SHIELD 17 is an exercise aimed to
improve allied interoperability in a live-fire, Integrated Air and Missile Defence
(IAMD) environment, using NATO command and control reporting structures.
8 force contributing NATO Nations, 14 ships, more than 10
aircraft, and approximately 3300 personnel will participate in the exercise,
providing an opportunity to simulate real world operations, highlighted by
combined IAMD and air defence live-fire engagements.
For the first time, an exercise in the
European theatre will include a no-notice launch of ballistic and air defence
targets and will test the live-fire version of the SMART DEFENCE concept, which
involves air defence units protecting ballistic missile defence units.
Responsible for command and control of NATO
Maritime Ballistic Missile Defence forces, STRIKFORNATO will execute the
exercise from its headquarters in Oeiras, Portugal, on behalf of the U.S. 6thFleet. The exercise will further develop
the Allied nations' ability to operate amongst one another, enhancing unit
cohesion and providing tremendous training value for all involved.
Simultaneous to exercise FORMIDABLE SHIELD 17,
a large portion of STRIKFORNATO's staff will be deploying to the United States
to serve on the Combined Forces Maritime Component Command staff in exercise
BOLD ALLIGATOR 17, demonstrating STRIKFORNATO's robust capabilities and high
STRIKFORNATO is a rapidly deployable maritime
headquarters that provides scalable command and control across the full
spectrum of the Alliance's fundamental security tasks. Comprised of 12 nations, STRIKFORNATO focuses
on Joint Maritime Expeditionary Operations, mainly through the integration of U.S.
naval and amphibious forces into NATO operations.