Exercise Report : NATO Response Force Exercise Noble Midas 07
Giampaolo Tonello reports on Noble Midas 07 maritime and amphibious exercise for the NATO Response Force, hosted and attended by Croatia.
Twelve NATO nations took part in this live exercise which involved 8,000-9,000 military personnel of NATO's Response Force, including 800 US Marines, and 40 warships, six submarines, one aircraft carrier, amphibious vehicles, 29 combat aircraft, 23 helicopters and nine other aircraft. NATO members taking part were Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, The Netherlands, UK, Romania, Spain, USA, Turkey, and NATO partner Croatia of course. About 250 Croatian military personnel participated in the manoeuvre with ten ships, two MiG-21 fighters, four Mi-8 helicopters and four PC-9 aircraft. Canada and the NATO partners Albania and Montenegro were observers.
Exercise Noble Midas 2007 set a scenario of a civil war in a fictitious country,
in which the United Nations appointed the NATO Response Force (NRF) to react.
For this exercise five French Navy Super Etendard Modernisée strike aircraft were deployed to Istrana AB, while five Turkish Air Force F-16s stayed at Cervia AB, both in Italy. We had the opportunity to enter Istrana and Cervia to see some of the action.
Thanks to SMA (Stato Maggiore Aeronautica) and NATO's CC-MAR HQ Naples (Allied Maritime Component Command Headquarters Naples) for the cooperation.
Report and photos by Giampaolo Tonello ( view portfolio )