Photo: Forsvarets Mediesenter / Torbjørn Kjosvold

Norwegian forces on standby

Last updated: 10/02/2011 // From January 1st, Norwegian military forces have been on standby for the Nordic Battlegroup, which is part of the EU Battlegroups. Norway is contributing with approximately 150 personnel to the Battlegroup.

The Nordic Battlegroup will be on standby for six months from January, and is a cooperation between Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia and Ireland.

– The Nordic battlegroup is an important step in the process of further developing Nordic defence cooperation within a wider European framework, the Norwegian Minister of Defence, Grete Faremo, said.

Norway also participated in the Nordic Battlegroup during the first half of 2008.

An EU Battlegroup is a rapid reaction force of approximately 1500 soldiers with relatively light equipment. The objective is to make the EU capable of supplying rapid and flexible military units for international crisis management. The concept of the Battlegroups is developed especially to support the UN crisis management capacity, with a focus on stabilisation and peace operations in Africa. 

Read more on the Ministry of Defence’s web pages (in Norwegian).

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