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27 January 2014 16:46

General Göranson: Nordic Battle Group to incorporate all Nordic and Baltic countries for the first time

General Göranson: Nordic Battle Group to incorporate all Nordic and Baltic countries for the first time General Göranson: Nordic Battle Group to incorporate all Nordic and Baltic countries for the first time

The Commander of Estonian Defence Forces, Major General Riho Terras discussed with his Swedish counterpart General Sverker Göranson Estonia’s ten year development plan and Sweden’s achievements in reforms as well as questions on the Nordic battle group contributions in 2015, today.

According to General Göranson European Union Nordic Battle Group will enable enlarged regional co-operation and for the first time include almost all of the Nordic and Baltic nations. “The Nordic Battle Group is an important tool in bringing about co-operation and reforms – this entails exercises and supplies, working together in a joint staff headquarters, as well as supporting a common NATO standard,” Göranson said. The Swedish commanded battle group includes Finland, Norway, Ireland and Estonia. Latvia and Lithuania have promised to join the battle group in 2015. Currently the Defence Forces of Estonia and Sweden are serving together with the Nordic-Baltic training mission in Mali.

The Commander of the Swedish Defence Forces also met with the President of the Republic, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip and the Minister of Defence, Urmas Reinsalu this morning and placed a wreath on the Independence War memorial. He is scheduled to visit NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (NATO CCD COE) today.

Tomorrow the Swedish Defence Chief is visiting the Baltic Defence College and the Kuperjanov infantry battalion. After the visit to Estonia, both Defence Chiefs will be attending the Nordic and Baltic nations Defence Chiefs summit meeting in Riga.

This is General Göranson’s first visit to Estonia as Defence Chief. The Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces visited Sweden in 2012.

The Estonian Defence Forces has been working together with the Swedish Defence Forces since the re-establishment. Over 50 Naval officers have received formal education or have participated in follow-on courses in Sweden. Estonia and Sweden are both participating in the European Union Nordic Battle group, Baltic maritime surveillance project SUCBAS created in 2009 as well as coordinate a Nordic Baltic initiative assisting the Ukraine, Western Balkans and Georgia in areas of defence.

Throughout the years Sweden has assisted the Baltic Defence College by contributing instructors and students. The position of Deputy Commander of the College is currently held by Sweden as it was from 2001 to 2009.

A joint procurement agreement was signed between the Ministry of Defence and Sweden’s Office of Defence Procurement to cover the purchase of Kevlar vests, night vision goggles, ordnance, line vehicles and airport equipment. The agreement has enabled the logistics centre to procure desert boots for Estonian units in Afghanistan.

The Nordic Defence Chiefs submitted an invitation to Defence Forces of Baltic states to join Nordic Defence Coopertion (NORDEFCO) for the purposes of mutual defence. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania established the first steps of integration with the Nordic nations via a distant learning system as well as jointly developing the basics of foreign mission veteran’s support along with other nations.

Headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces, 717 1900, mil[at]mil.ee, Juhkentali 58, EE15007, Tallinn, Estonia.

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