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In 1958

The North Atlantic Council (NAC) formally approved the establishment of the NATO Maintenance Supply Services System, and its executive element, the NATO Maintenance Supply Services Agency (NMSSA), in Paris, France. With a Board made of representatives of the 11 initial participating nations and a small staff of 25, the work focussed initially on the support of three main weapon systems.

In 1961

The NAC approved a new Charter with new names: the NMSSA became the NATO Maintenance and Supply Organisation (NAMSO) and NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA). With this new Charter the Weapon System Partnership model was introduced. Today this model continues to serve as the backbone of the Agency, offering a dynamic and flexible legal framework under which Agency business continues to flourish.

In 1968

In February 1968, NAMSA officially moved to Luxembourg, opening its doors in The Grand Duchy, which extended a very warm welcome to Agency staff and thus began the cooperative, collaborative and mutually beneficial relationship that continues today.

The closure of the Agency's operations and departure from its original base in Châteauroux, France, and the move to Capellen, really began in the last quarter of 1967 with the Agency Headquarters originally sited in Luxembourg City and operational facilities established in Capellen, a former Luxembourg Army garrison.

In 1987

To enhance coordination and further streamline the increasing level of business activities, the Headquarters was moved to Capellen to col-locate with the operational facilities.

In 1990

The Agency's scope of work became to increasingly support NATO and NATO nations' operations. By the end of that decade, the business scope of then-NAMSA had increased to support 11 weapon and equipment systems.

In 1995

The NAMSA publishes its first business plan. At this time, the Agency was supporting 30 weapon systems.

In 2010

At the Lisbon Summit in November 2010, NATO Heads of State and Government agreed to reform the 14 existing NATO Agencies, located in seven member states. In particular, Allies agreed to streamline the agencies into three major programmatic themes: procurement, support, and communications and information to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of capabilities and services.

In 2012

As part of the reform process, the NATO Support Agency (NSPA) was inaugurated on 1 July 2012 through the merger of three former agencies, the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA), the Central Europe Pipeline Management Agency (CEPMA) and the NATO Airlift Management Agency (NAMA)

In this new framework, the Agency assumed overall responsibility for NATO procurement/large system acquisition and became the major contributor of effective multinational logistics solutions.

In 2015

The Agency received a new name with a new Charter in 2015 as the NATO Support and Procurement Agency.


Today the NATO Support and Procurement Agency is NATO's premier Logistics and Procurement services Agency. Our activity currently encompasses 32 Support Partnerships spread across nine different programmes and four different business units currently serving 30 NATO Allied nations and dozens of partner nations.

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