Exercise COOPERATIVE ENGAGEMENT 2001 (CE-01) took place from 17 to 22 September in Slovenia, at Ankaran near Koper. This was the first maritime NATO Partnership-for-Peace (PfP) exercise to take place in Slovenia.
Four NATO nations (France, Italy, Turkey and the United States of America) and five Partner countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Romania and Slovenia) exercised together to improve interoperability among maritime forces of NATO and Partner nations in Mine Countermeasures (MCM) and Search and Rescue (SAR) operations for use in Peace Support/Humanitarian Assistance. NATO specialists briefed personnel of the five participating countries on NATO, MCM and SAR procedures. This information was put into practice in a Command Post Exercise (CPX) at Ankaran.
The PfP training and exercise program is open to all Partner and NATO nations, and focuses on practical military cooperation in areas such as Crisis Management (Peace Support/Humanitarian Assistance), Civil Emergency Planning, Air Traffic Management and Armaments Cooperation. CE-01 was under the direction of the Commander of the Allied Naval Forces Southern Europe (COMNAVSOUTH), Vice Admiral Luigi Lillo, Italian Navy.
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