Updated: 29-Oct-2002 NATO Publications

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

Norfolk, Virginia

The primary mission of RHQ WESTLANT 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 Western Atlantic (CINCWESTLANT) is an American four-star admiral.

WESTLANT's most significant role in crisis or war is to ensure the safe transit of critical reinforcement and resupply from North America to Europe, in support of the full spectrum of NATO forces operating anywhere in or beyond NATO's area of responsibility.

In peacetime, CINCWESTLANT sponsors joint multinational exercises and Partnership for Peace (PfP) activities, as well as maintaining operational control and providing support for the NATO forces assigned to the headquarters.

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