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Cooperative Partner is part of the many NATO initiatives aimed at fostering stability through dialogue and cooperation. Ships, aircraft and troops exercise combined maritime operations, amphibious techniques and shipping, rules of engagement, procedures in medical support, communications, command and control, and public information in a peace support operations environment. The exercise facilitates continuing refinement and validation of interoperability objectives and requirements. CP is held within the framework of the enhanced PfP program, to foster security relationships between NATO and its partner nations.

Co-operative Partner 97 (CP 97) was designed to develop a common understanding of peace support operations, doctrine and training, and to practice inter-operability between amphibious and maritime forces. Forces from five NATO nations and NATO's standing naval force Mediterranean, together with forces from four partnership for peace (PfP) nations, conducted this training exercise in the Black Sea, of Bulgaria, from 22 June to 05 July 1997. It is part of the many NATO initiatives aimed at fostering stability through dialogue and co-operation. Ships and troops from France, Greece, Italy, Turkey and the USA joined with those from Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania and the Ukraine, to exercise humanitarian relief procedures, maritime peacekeeping skills, rules of engagement, and procedures in communications, search and rescue, mine warfare and public information. The exercise facilitated continuing refinement and validation of inter-operability objectives and requirements.

CP 97 was held within the framework of the PfP program launched at the NATO summit in January 1994. It aimed to enhance understanding and cooperation with the armed forces of central and eastern Europe. The primary aim of PfP is to foster new security relationships between NATO and its partner nations. CP 97 was under the direction of the commander-in-chief, Allied Forces Southern Europe (CINCSOUTH), Admiral T. Joseph Lopez, US Navy. It was commanded and coordinated by the commander, striking and support forces southern Europe (COMSTRIKFORSOUTH), Vice Admiral Charles Abbot, US Navy. Bulgaria was the host nation, and Bulgarian naval staff were responsible for co-ordinating CP 97.

Forces from five NATO Nations and NATO's Standing Naval Force Mediterranean, together with forces from four Parnter Nations, conducted a training exercise in the Black Sea, off Romania, from 12 to 26 June 1998. The exercise, Cooperative Partner 98 (CP 98), was designed to develop a common understanding of peace support operations, doctrine and training, and to practise interoperability between amphibious and maritime forces. It is part of the many NATO initiatives aimed at fostering stability through dailogue and cooperation.

Ships and troops from France, Greece, Italy, Turkey and the United States joined with those from Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania and the Ukraine, to exercise humanitarian relief procedures, maritime peacekeeping skills, rules of engagement, and procedures in communications, search and rescue, mine warfare and public information. CP 98 facilitated continuing refinement and validation of interoperability objectives and requirements.

CP 98 was held within the framework of the PfP program launched at the NATO summit in January 1994. It aims to enhance understanding and cooperation with the armed forces of central and eastern Europe. The primary aim of PfP is to foster new security relationships betwen NATO and its Partner Nations. CP 98 was under the direction of the Commander in Chief, Allied Forces Southern Europe, Admiral T. Joseph Lopez, U.S. Navy. It was commanded and coordinated by the Commander, Allied Naval Forces Southern Europe (NAVSOUTH), Admiral Giuseppe Spinozzi, Italian Navy. Romania was the host nation; NAVSOUTH and Romania naval staff are responsible for coordinating CP 98.

Cooperative Partner 2000 (CP 00) was designed to improve common understanding of Peace Support Operations (PSO) doctrine and training, and to practice interoperability between amphibious and maritime forces. Forces from ten NATO nations (Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the Unites States of America), together with forces from seven Partnership For Peace (PfP) nations (Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Sweden, and the host nation - Ukraine), conducted the exercise from 19 June to 1 July 2000 in the Western part of the Black Sea and the area near the city of Odessa. Overall, about 40 ships, 30 aircraft and 900 marines will participate in CP 00, including ships from Standing Naval Force Mediterranean (STANAVFORMED) and Maritime Mine Counter Measures Force Mediterranean (MCMFORMED).

CP 00 was under the direction of the Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Southern Europe (CINCSOUTH), Admiral James Ellis. It was commanded and coordinated by the Commander Allied Naval Forces Southern Europe (COMNAVSOUTH) Vice Admiral Luigi Lillo, and by the Commander Striking and Support Forces Southern Europe (COMSTRIKFORSOUTH), Vice Admiral Daniel J. Murphy. For the first time, Ukraine was the Host Nation for Cooperative Partner, and Ukrainian naval staff were responsible for coordinating the execution of the exercise. This is also the first time MCMFORMED participated in a PfP exercise after its activation on 27 May 1999.

From 11 to 22 June 2001, 9 NATO nations and 6 of their Partners trained together in Exercise COOPERATIVE PARTNER 01 in the Black Sea. This is an annual exercise and, for the first time the Republic of Georgia will be the host of a NATO Partnership for Peace exercise. COOPERATIVE PARTNER 2001 focused primarily on exercising combined naval and amphibious and humanitarian operations. The exercise will demonstrate Partners' determination to further develop their naval and amphibious interoperability with NATO in the conduct of Peace Support Operations and provision of humanitarian assistance.

After an opening ceremony in the Port of Poti, the force assembled at sea, and set up at the land training areas. The exercise consisted of a maritime and land based cross-training and teaching phase, followed by a short tactical exercise incorporating most elements of training in a fictitious Peace Support Operation/Humanitarian Assistance scenario. COOPERATIVE PARTNER 2001 was controlled by staff deployed from the Headquarters of the Commander Allied Naval Forces South Europe, and the Commander Naval Striking and Support Forces Southern Europe, both based in Naples, Italy with full integration of Partner Nations into NATO Command and Control.



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