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Ample Train

AMPLE TRAIN is designed to improve the ability of NATO's air forces to work on and with each others aircraft; ground servicing crews from one nation will work with air crew and aircraft from other nations. Although the United States formerly participated in Ample Train, it has not participated in this exercise recently.

A multi-national Cross-Training Exercise was conducted from 12 to 16 May 1997 in NATO's Southern Region, at Torrejon Air Base, Spain. Exercise Ample Train 97-1 (AT97-1) involved air forces from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, The United Kingdom, and The United States of America. Partnership for Peace nations were invited to attend as observers for this year's exercise, and it was expected that they may be able to participate in a subsequent exercise in 1998. Exercise AT 97-1 was designed to improve the ability of NATO nations' air forces to work on and with each others' aircraft; air crew from one nation will work with ground crew from other nations. This is a strong demonstration of NATO's inter-operability, and allows the improvement of current procedures and trials of inter-operability for new aircraft and equipment, while promoting mutual understanding, confidence and co-operation. AT 97-1 was the first of a two-phase exercise, the second part of which was held at Royal Air Force St Mawgan, in the United Kingdom, in September 1997. AT97-1 was under the direction and co-ordination of the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), and was controlled by the Commander, Allied Air Forces Southern Europe (COMAIRSOUTH).

AIRCENT (Allied Air Forces Central Europe) held the multinational Aircraft Cross-Servicing exercise (AMPLE TRAIN 98-2) from 7 to 11 September 1998 at Jever air base, Germany. It involved air forces from Belgium, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, the UK and the USA.

An aircraft exercise involving ten NATO countries took place in France from 27 to 31 March. Conducted at Solenzara air base, Exercise Ample Train 2000 (EAT 00-1) aimed to support and supply aircraft between the participating countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom). Although France is not a member of NATO's integrated military structure, it participates in training exercises with other NATO members. This particular exercise allowed participants to test the degree of compatibility between their rapid reaction forces and gives them the opportunity to train from a different base. EAT 00-1 was the first of two air logistics exercises to be conducted during 2000. The second one took place later in the year.

Air force personnel from six NATO member countries participated in a logistics exercise in Greece from 2 to 6 April. Participants from Belgium, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy and Turkey trained at the Greek airbase of Nea Anchialos to practice servicing and handling fighter aircraft from other NATO countries. The aim of Exercise Ample Train 2001 was to allow ground crews to acquire experience in aircraft cross-servicing so that aircraft from any of the member countries participating in the aircraft cross-servicing programme can be maintained and continue their missions. The exercise is being conducted by Allied Air Forces Southern Europe (AIRSOUTH) based in Naples, under the authority of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons.

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