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Cooperative Osprey

Cooperative Osprey 96 officially kicked off at Camp Lejeune, NC, 12 August 1996 as part of NATO's Partnership for Peace program. But, for 650 participants from 16 PfP nations, the exercise began with a flight from their home country to Rhein-Main AB. In just two days, Air Force crews flew four C-141s and one C-130 to the various countries and gathered the participants and brought them to Rhein-Main. The troops came from Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgistan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. There are three NATO nations, Canada, The Netherlands and the U.S.A., joining the exercise. Azerbaijan, the Czech Republic and Denmark participated as observers. The training for Cooperative Osprey 96 included amphibious operations in a coastal area, and tactics and procedures. The purpose of the exercise is to develop and increase cooperation in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations. Members of the U.S. Marine Corps acted as escorts for the 1,100 troops being transported from their home countries to America.

Approximately 1,175 U.S. Sailors and Marines participated in Partnership for Peace Exercise Cooperative Osprey '98 at Camp Lejune, N.C., June 1 through 20, 1998. Participating NATO nations included Canada, The Netherlands and the United States. Partner nations participating were Albania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Approximately 42 personnel from each partner country participated. Cooperative Osprey '98 was the largest Partnership for Peace exercise within the United States during 1998. The purpose of this training exercise is to improve the working relationship among NATO and partner nations by practicing combined peacekeeping and humanitarian relief operations. Cooperative Osprey '98 was scheduled by NATO's Norfolk-based Supreme Allied Command Atlantic and was directed by the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Command.

Approximately 150 military personnel from 19 nations participated in a multinational NATO Command Post Exercise COOPERATIVE OSPREY 2001, conducted from 1-9 March 2001 at the Lester B. Pearson Canadian International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Clementsport, Nova Scotia. The aim of this exercise was to conduct a United Nations mandated, NATO-led Command Post Exercise designed to improve the interoperability of participating nations, and to train military personnel from partner nations in NATO peace support operations. Participants became familiar with NATO mission analysis and other NATO procedures. The exercise also practiced and further integrated partner nations to promote greater mutual understanding and cooperation among all countries through the use of a computer-assisted training environment. Six NATO nations (Canada, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United States of America) participated together with thirteen partner nations (Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Krghyz Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, and the Ukraine). Three Mediterranean Dialogue nations participated as military observers (Algeria, Jordan, and Mauritania).



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