NEST 22-2 highlights the natural evolution of NATO’s ability to integrate maritime warfare capabilities of a carrier strike group to support Allied defence. The exercise follows previous exercises, including Neptune Shield in May 2022, to continue the combined work of STRIKFORNATO and the U.S. Sixth Fleet in a steady progression of Alliance cohesion in a dynamic environment for both Air and Sea elements.
NEST 22-2 provides a prime opportunity to improve our capacity to work together with Allies in complex and increasingly contested environment.
“NEST 22-2 provides a prime opportunity to improve our capacity to work together with Allies in complex and increasingly contested environment. Valuable training for NATO multi-domain enhances our vigilance and underlines our commitment to deter and defend,” said Brigadier General Christoph Pliet, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations Allied Air Command.
Greek F-16 Fighting Falcons conduct air-to-air training over the Ionian Sea as a part of Neptune Strike 2022, Feb. 3. Neptune Strike 2022 highlights NATO’s ability to integrate the high-end maritime capabilities of a carrier strike group to ensure high operational readiness across the Alliance and the defence and protection of all Allies. Archived photo by Florian Fergen.
The Allied Air Command team will support the delivery of air operations throughout Neptune Strike including integrating key support elements like land-based fighters, air-to-air refuelling tankers and airborne early warning and control aircraft.
NEST 22-2 is the third iteration of the series of activities known as Project Neptune, conceptualized in 2020.
NATO Allies take every opportunity to train together and refine tactics, techniques and procedures in order for forces to work together effectively, demonstrating Alliance cohesion.