NRDC-GR Exercise “GORDIAN KNOT” was held from 4 to 15 November 2013, in the Area of Assiros, Thessaloniki.
The exercise was of a Command Post Deployment type (CDEPEX) aiming to further enhance the NRDC-GR Operational capabilities for planning at Army Corps level, as well as to certify internal procedures in the context of preparation for its evaluation as a High Combat Ready HQs of the NATO Force Structure.
In total, 645 Officers and NCOs from 12 countries participated in the exercise, 20 of which were higher ranking Officers and representatives of other Alliance HQs, in the context of the Mutual Training Support of the NATO Land Forces Structure.
The exercise scenario anticipates a hypothetical crisis in a fictitious part of the world and the NDC-GR HQs mission was the deployment /conduct of NATO non-Article 5 operations, acting on a United Nations mandate.
On Friday 15 November, day of Distinguished Visitors, the exercise was attended by the Minister of Macedonia and Thrace, Mr. Theodoros Karaoglou, accompanied by HNDGS Chief General Mikhail Kostarakos, the Chief of the Montenegrin General Staff, Admiral Dragan SAMARDIC, the Commander of Allied Land Command Hqs, Lt General Frederick Ben Hodges, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Turkish General Staff, Lt. General Erdal OZTURK, the MNC NE Commander, Lt. General Boguslav SAMOL, the Deputy Com-mander of NRDC TR, Major General Antonio SATTA, envoys to Thessaloniki and representatives of the Allied countries and NATO HQs.