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Updated: 29-Oct-2002 NATO Publications

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Chapter 12: The Military Command Structure
The Military Structure
  Allied Command Atlantic (ACLANT)
    Regional Headquarters, Eastern Atlantic (RHQ EASTLANT)

Northwood, United Kingdom

The primary mission of RHQ EASTLANT is to contribute to preserving the peace, security and territorial integrity of Alliance member states throughout the ACLANT Area of Responsibility. The Commander-in-Chief Eastern Atlantic (CINCEASTLANT) is a British four-star admiral.

CINCEASTLANT is "dual-hatted", serving both as a regional commander within the Allied Command Europe (ACE) structure in his capacity as CINCEASTLANT, and as a component commander under CINCNORTH in his capacity as Commander, Allied Naval Forces North (COMNAVNORTH). Operating within the chain of command of both NATO Strategic Commanders enables the headquarters to be a focus for military movements and seamless maritime operations involving both Strategic Commands.

CINCEASTLANT is also responsible for the administration and operation of the Standing Naval Force Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT), on behalf of the Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic.

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