French Navy hosts foreign maritime battle-staff (October - November)
French LHD Tonnerre is hosting, for the first time, a foreign-led battle-staff made up of 150 members from various NATO countries, from October 3rd to November 2nd .
The battle staff, led by Rear Admiral Paddy McAlpine, is specialized in planning and conducting maritime operations.
The battle-staff embarked onboard the « Tonnerre » will lead forces involved in the next NATO exercices "Noble Mariner", "Joint Warrior 2016" and "Trident Juncture 2016". The objective is to certify STRIKFORNATO battle staff to command the maritime part of Very High Readiness Task Force.