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These Centers are senior commands within the NATO Integrated Air Defense System (NATINADS) structure. Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) is a multinational headquarters for tactical and operational control of NATO Air Forces below the Joint Force Command level.

Within the European NATO command structure it is subordinated to NATO's Allied Air Command (AIRCOM), and is superior to Control and Reporting Centres, national airspace control centers and Regional Airspace Surveillance Coordination Centres (RASCC) such as BALTNET . NATO may also operate in Europe static and deploy-able CAOCs.

Predecessor organizations of the CAOC were Air Tactical Operations Centre (ATOC) and Air Defence Operations Centre (ADOC). Until 1980 the two HQs for air attack and air defence operated autonomously.

Active CAOCsEdit

Inactive CAOCsEdit

  • CAOC 1 - Finderup (Jutland), Denmark (deactivated in 2008, replaced at same location by CAOC Finderup)
  • CAOC 2 - Uedem, Germany (deactivated in 2008, replaced at same location by Deployable CAOC Uedem Deployable)[5]
  • CAOC 3 - Reitan, Norway (deactivated in 2008, responsibility moved to Combined Air Operations Centre Finderup)
  • CAOC 4 - Meßstetten, Germany (deactivated in 2008, responsibility moved to CAOC Udem
  • CAOC 5 - Poggio Renatico, Italy (deactivated in 2013, replaced at same location by Deployable CAOC)
  • CAOC 6 - Eskisehir, Turkey[6] (deactivated in 2013, responsibility moved to Combined Air Operations Centre Torrejon)
  • CAOC 7 - Larissa, Greece[7] (deactivated in 2013, responsibility moved to CAOC Torrejon)
  • CAOC 8 - Torrejon, Spain[8] (deactivated in 2013, replaced at same location by CAOC Torrejon)
  • CAOC 9 - RAF High Wycombe, United Kingdom (deactivated in 2008, responsibility moved to CAOC Finderup)
  • Balkans CAOC - Vicenza, Italy (deactivated in 2001)[9]
  • CAOC 10 - Lisbon, Portugal[10] (deactivated in 2013, responsibility moved to Combined Air Operations Centre-Torrejon)
  • CAOC F - Finderup, Denmark[11] (deactivated in 2013, responsibility moved to CAOC Uedem)
  • DCAOC UD - Deployable CAOC Uedem, Germany[12] (deactivated in 2013, replaced at same location by CAOC UD)

References / sourcesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.airn.nato.int/page5851910.aspx
  2. ^ http://www.airn.nato.int/page584196.aspx
  3. ^ http://www.airn.nato.int/page5861915.aspx
  4. ^ "SHAPE | Progress in NATOs Deployable Air Command and Control Capability". aco.nato.int. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  5. ^ "NATO HQ Aircom" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  6. ^ CAOC-6 Factsheet Archived June 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Allied Joint Force Command Naples Archived February 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Air Operations Centre in Spain" - NATO Official Website
  9. ^ "Combined Air Operations Center will move to new Italy location". May 22, 2001. Archived from the original on 2001-07-16. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  10. ^ US Army NATO Archived February 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "NATO HQ Aircom | We're sorry" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-02-18. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  12. ^ "CAOC 2: State-of-the-Art Engineering for more Security" Allied Air Component Command HQ Ramstein - Press Release Archived August 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  • MILITÄRISCHES STUDIENGLOSAR ENGLISCH Teil I, A – K, Bundessprachenamt (Stand Januar 2001), page 309, definition: Combined Air Operations Centre [CAOC].