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15 June 2016 21:34

NATO Force Integration Unit reaches its full capacity

Commander of Estonian Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Riho Terras announced on the June 13 at the opening ceremony of the NATO Force Integration Unit building in Tallinn that the NATO Force Integration Unit, created a year ago, is now ready to operate at full capacity.

“Today’s opening ceremony of the building and the announcement of NFIU’s full operational readiness are a clear indication of what we have accomplished since the 2014 NATO Wales Summit,” said Commander of NATO’s Multinational Corps Northeast, Lieutenant General Manfred Hofmann, at the opening ceremony, after receiving confirmation from Lieutenant General Terras that the NFIU is ready to operate at full capacity. According to Hofmann, the swift launch of the NFIU is a clear message of NATO’s unity and willingness to defend itself. “Today’s ceremony shows NATO’s unwavering commitment to the defence of both Estonia and the whole north-eastern part of Europe.”

As a result of an evaluation process that was carried out over the last three weeks, the Force Integration Unit was evaluated to be capable of performing its core tasks, which include the accommodation of reconnaissance and liaison teams of NATO’s high readiness forces and the support of the planning process thereof. In order to reach full capacity, the NFIU required its own working premises. Therefore, construction of the building of the NATO Force Integration Unit on the premises of the Headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces was started at the end of last year.

Previously, the Estonian and allied military personnel serving at the NATO Force Integration Unit were temporarily located in the rooms of the Headquarters of the Defence Forces.

The creation of the Force Integration Units, which are now operational in six countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Bulgaria), was decided at the 2014 Wales Summit. The first members of the Estonian Defence Forces started serving at the NFIU on June 15 last year. Estonian personnel make up half of the 40 positions, and representatives of the armed forces of the United Kingdom, the United States, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary, France, Canada, Norway, Denmark, and Germany fill the remaining posts.

The Force Integration Units in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland, which have the status of NATO headquarters, operate under the watch of Multinational Corps Northeast located in Szczecin, Poland, and the Force Integration Units in Romania and Bulgaria are under the operational control of the Joint Force Command, which is located in Naples.

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