Updated: 19-Oct-2007

The NATO Response Force – NRF

Emblem & Flags
The NRF emblem and command flags
NRF Exercises
Noble Mariner, Noble Award and Kindred Sword 2007
Steadfast Jaguar 2006
Brilliant Mariner 2006
Loyal Midas 2005
Destined Glory 2004
Doganbey 2003
NRF Operations
Hurricane Katrina
NATO disaster relief operation in Pakistan
NRF Rotation

NRF Rotation Cycle
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Q & As
Questions & Answers on the NATO Response Force (NRF)
Official Texts
Prague Summit Declaration 2002
NRF Trifold 2006
NATO Response Force trifold
A selection of video clips related to the NATO Response Force
Videos from Exercises
Photos from Exercises
Related Links
NATO Headquarters
Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum
Joint Headquarters Lisbon
Allied Rapid Reaction Corps

The NATO Response Force is a ready, agile and flexible force crucial to the health and success of our alliance in the coming years. As a key element of our NATO military culture, the NRF can enable the alliance to better meet threats to security and stability in the 21st century.
General John Craddock, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR).

Its characteristics

High readiness, deployability, sustainability and jointness, i.e., composed of land, maritime and air elements, are the main characteristics of this force created to conduct operations when and where necessary, as decided by the North Atlantic Council.

Its missions

The NRF’s main missions are those requiring the ability to react with the most capable forces in a very short time.

The missions of the NRF will mirror primarily the requirements of rapid response in the initial phase of a crisis situation deployed as a stand-alone force for crisis response.


How is the NRF formed?

Member nations commit forces to the NRF on a rotational basis so t hey can go through a process of training and certification, followed by an operational stand-by period of six months. In this way, the permanent existence of a combat-ready deployable NRF is guaranteed.


Its activation

When the decision to deploy is taken, member nations must transfer the authority for their committed forces to SACEUR, in order for the NRF to start its deployment within five days. Its components are to be tailored for the required mission and be capable of sustaining themselves without external support for one month.

NRF milestones

It was at the Prague Summit in November 2002 when member nations made specific commitments to improve the military capabilities of the Alliance in order to find a balance between addressing its traditional missions centred in Europe and tackling new global threats. Among these commitments was the creation of the NATO Response Force.

The first prototype of the force was inaugurated barely a year after the announcement of its launching and it reached the initial operational capability with approximately 17,000 troops in 2004. NATO Response Force passes its last test after the successful conduct of exercise Steadfast Jaguar 06, in the Cape Verde Islands in June 2006. At NATO's November 2006 Riga Summit, the Force was declared to be at full operational capability with up to 25,000 troops.

The NRF, a catalyst for improvements

From its initial steps, the NRF has been acting as the engine for transforming NATO into a much stronger and more effective military organization. The NRF, as a key element of NATO’s military culture, will enable the Alliance to meet the threats to security and stability in the new world order.

How did it evolve?

The launching of the NATO Response Force initiative was announced at the Prague Summit in November 2002