Cougar 15

This bespoke four-month deployment, currently named Cougar 15, is the annual deployment of the UK’s high readiness maritime joint expeditionary force aimed at demonstrating the Royal Navy’s ability to keep Britain safe and improve her economic security by being able to deploy a highly effective maritime force anywhere in the world.

The deployment comprises a series of demanding exercises designed to ensure that NATO allies are ready to deal with any emerging crisis, from any direction, and that they are able to work effectively with partners in tackling any crisis.  The exercises will reach a climax with Trident Juncture.

Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 will be held through October and November, mainly in, over and on the seas around Portugal, Spain and Italy.  Trident Juncture provides the ideal chance to train with and work alongside navies from NATO allies and partner nations in the region.  

The Royal Navy’s Maritime Battle Staff will use the event to prepare to command the naval element of the NATO Response Force in 2016, as NATO prepares for the many challenges that face its member states.

Over 36,000 personnel from 30 nations will take part – that includes NATO Allies as well as seven partner nations. And those partner nations are Australia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Sweden and Ukraine. 

What we are doing

Ensuring the task force is trained to a high level so that they are ready to respond to any global situation

Why we are there

To improve maritime security through partnership and the sharing of resources with our allies

The Cougar deployment, with its participation in Trident Juncture, is a hugely important task for the Royal Navy.

Captain Nick Cooke-Priest - HMS Bulwark

Commander UK Maritime Forces Tony Radakin

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Rank: Rear Admiral

Rear Admiral Tony Radakin became Commander UK Maritime Forces in December 14. As the Royal Navy’s 2* formation level commander he is responsible for providing a rapidly deployable maritime, amphibious, joint, coalition or national contingent headquarters and also responsible for generating the Royal Navy’s two deployable 1* commanders. He is also Rear Admiral Surface Ships (RASS), responsible for providing independent advice on the fighting prowess and moral component of the surface ship community.

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Preventing Conflict

The Royal Navy’s presence on the world stage sends a powerful message that the UK is committed to global affairs and provides a stabilising influence. In this way we prevent conflict on the high seas and protect the flow of international trade on which our nation depends.  

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

Location Mediterranean

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