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Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE)
The NATO Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE), stationed at Eindhoven Air Base, coordinates strategic military transport within the 23 participating NATO and European Union (EU) nations by air, sea or on land.
This makes it possible to utilize the scarce transport assets in a more efficient manner. Apart from providing support to out-of-area deployments and regular movement of troops, the MCCE also coordinates the air-to-air refuelling of aircraft of the participating nations.
The aim of the MCCE is to attain a more efficient and effective use of the national assets.
The nations participating in the MCCE are: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. The MCCE is manned by 30 military staff from the participating nations.
The MCCE was established on 1 July 2007 and was created by merging the European Airlift Centre (EAC) and the Sealift Co-ordination Centre (SCC). The EAC and SCC had been based at a joint location at Eindhoven Air Base since 2002. This collocation made it possible for the two centres to evolve into one international joint partnership for strategic transport by air, on sea and on land, as well as the coordination of the air-to-air refuelling capability.
The EAC and the SCC were at the time created as a result of the NATO Defence Capability Initiative, adopted in 1999. The two centres proved to be highly successful. The participating nations were able to save millions of Euros as a result of the pooling of assets in order to meet their respective requirement for strategic air and sealift. This coordinated allocation of the transport capability ensured that the available transport assets were utilized as efficiently as possible.