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Inauguration of the Nordic Battle Group Headquarters
Last Monday the cooperation agreement between Norway, Sweden, Finland and Estonia regarding the Nordic Battle Group was signed by Brigadier Roar Sundseth, Norway, Lieutenant-General Mats NIlsson, Sweden, Major-General Markku Koli, Finland and Lieutenant-General Johannes Kert from Estonia.Foto: Ulf K Rask
Last Monday the cooperation agreement between Norway, Sweden, Finland and Estonia regarding the Nordic Battle Group was signed by Brigadier Roar Sundseth, Norway, Lieutenant-General Mats NIlsson, Sweden, Major-General Markku Koli, Finland and Lieutenant-General Johannes Kert from Estonia.
Publicerad: May 29, 2006 14:14

The headquarters of the Nordic Battle Group (NBG) have been officially inaugurated. During a ceremony at the regiment of Uppland, representatives from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Estonia signed a cooperation agreement.

On Januari 1, 2008, Sweden, together with Norway, Finland and Estonia and possibly Ireland will constitute the fifth European battle group out of eleven planned. The preparations have been going on for some time. Among others the NBG-headquarters in Enköping have been assigned with personnel. The ceremony on last Monday constituted the inauguration of the unit's headquarters and the subordinated units in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Estonia, who will be training the incorporated units in the Nordic Battle Group.

Lieutenant-General Mats Nilsson, Head of the unit supply process, declared during his speech that a lot of the preparations have been terminated, however there is still a lot of work to do before the NBG will be ready for mission with a radius of 6000 kilometres from Brussels.

The Brigadier Karl Engelbrektsson received a blue and yellow banner marked with a "V", which among others symbolises that the NBG constitutes the fifth European Union battle group that is set up.
- It is a great personal honour for me to receive the banner and to be the Commander of the staff, said Engelbrektsson.

According to Mats Nilsson, the inauguration of the NGB is symbolic, since it is a distinct sign of the Swedish Armed Forces conversion:
- During the last years the Swedish Armed Forces have diminished to an important extent and several units have been phased out. However, this time a new unit is set up and it constitutes a symbol of the new direction of the Swedish Armed Forces.

The Nordic Battle Group will preliminary be manned by approximately 2 400 officers and soldiers as per contract. Sweden is the dominating nation with about 2 000 individuals. Sweden is also responsible for the manning of the major part of the staff and affords competencies from almost all units of the Swedish Armed Forces. Finland is planning for a participation with 200 persons, which mainly implies a mortar platoon and personnel for map service as well as CBRN (weapons with Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear agents). Norway will be in charge of a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital and are planning for 150 persons. Estonia will participate with approximately 50 persons and they will be responsible for a security platoon and a close protection platoon.

There is a possibility that Ireland, as a fifth partner, will be included in the Nordic Battle Group. In the affirmative case Ireland would be involved in the sectors for close protection and medical care. There will be a decision taken in this matter shortly.

The reason for the NBG headquarters to be situated in Enköping is quite natural according to Lieutenant-General Mats Nilsson:
- Several alternatives were available, but the most natural of them was Enköping, since there is a logical link to the command and control systems as well as to the development of them.

The Nordic Battle Group will consist of officers, that are already appointed to various tasks as well as conscripts. The recruitment of conscripts will start among those conscripts, who begin their military service this summer as well as those, who have recently finished their military service.

During next year the first large scale exercises will be effected, and at the turn of the years 2007/2008, the Nordic Battle Group will be ready for mission.

The agreement was signed by Lieutenant-General Mats Nilsson, Sweden, Brigadier Roar Sundseth, Norway, Major-General Markku Koli, Finland and Lieutenant-General Johannes Kert, Estonia.


Ulf K. Rask



 Last Monday the cooperation agreement between Norway, Sweden, Finland and Estonia regarding the Nordic Battle Group was signed by Brigadier Roar Sundseth, Norway, Lieutenant-General Mats NIlsson, Sweden, Major-General Markku Koli, Finland and Lieutenant-General Johannes Kert from Estonia.
 Last Monday the cooperation agreement between Norway, Sweden, Finland and Estonia regarding the Nordic Battle Group was signed by Brigadier Roar Sundseth, Norway, Lieutenant-General Mats NIlsson, Sweden, Major-General Markku Koli, Finland and Lieutenant-General Johannes Kert from Estonia.
 
 Brigadier Karl Engelbrektsson, Commander of the Nordic Battle Group, receives the banner from Lieutenant-General Mats Nilsson, Head of the unit supply process.
 Brigadier Karl Engelbrektsson, Commander of the Nordic Battle Group, receives the banner from Lieutenant-General Mats Nilsson, Head of the unit supply process.
 
 Lieutenant-General Mats Nilsson, Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters, Brigadier Karl Engelbrektsson, Commander of NBG and Lieutenant Colonel Krister Larsson, Uppland Regiment, were requested to answer a number of questions from various press reporters.
 Lieutenant-General Mats Nilsson, Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters, Brigadier Karl Engelbrektsson, Commander of NBG and Lieutenant Colonel Krister Larsson, Uppland Regiment, were requested to answer a number of questions from various press reporters.
 



 

Published: May 29, 2006 14:14 by Patrik Winnfors Updated: June 1, 2006 17:17 by Patrik Winnfors
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