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What Life Is Like For British Troops At JFC Naples

Since the Second World War, British troops have been stationed in Southern Italy.

Since the Second World War, British troops have been stationed in Southern Italy.

Naples' Joint Force Command NATO Base, also known as JFC, is one of two permanent Headquarters, with more than 100 British Armed Forces personnel based here.

It is currently responsible for the NATO mission in Kosovo and Sarajevo and co-operation with the African Union, but the main emphasis of this place is the NRF – NATO Response Force.

Over 800 military staff from 28 NATO countries are working in Naples, and they are all involved in supporting military operations.

Chief Petty Officer Rab Allan, says:

The Multinational element here is the biggest challenge, being a British Serviceman when you are asking to get something done or asked to get something done, it is done.”

The British who work at the base have a number of facilities to make a deployment here easier, like the medical centre, a British post office and a community centre: 

Bridgette MacGill is the Community Liaison Officer, she ensures those here make the most of their time:

"We don't beat around the bush. We tell them what it's like here, we tell them a little bit of the good and a little bit of the bad, so it's not a shock when they get here".

Accommodation is of a high standard, every single personnel has their own flat.

And they even make sure they hold a traditional British summer fete, which also gives the Brits a chance to showcase UK traditions and pass-times to the international community.

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