NATO’s new high readiness ‘spearhead’ force was deployed for the first time, as Exercise NOBLE JUMP got underway in Zagan, Poland. Units assigned to the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) were given orders to deploy on Tuesday afternoon (9 June 2015), and  exercised until 19 June. Over 2,100 troops from nine NATO nations were participating in the exercise, which continued the process of testing and refining the force.
Among the units that were rapidly deployed to the manoeuvres in Western Poland were Czech and Dutch air mobile troops, German and Norwegian mechanized infantry, Polish and Lithuanian special forces, Belgian artillery, U.S. helicopters and a Hungarian civil military cooperation unit.