|26 Jul. 2022 ||
Deep dive – Under the waves with Croatian Special Forces and US Navy SEALs
NATO Special Operations Forces need to be able to tackle the most complex tasks in the most difficult environments – from scaling the side of a ship while under fire to diving to the depths of the sea. Croatian Special Forces recently tested their maritime skills during a joint exercise with US Navy SEALs in the Adriatic.
|13 May. 2021 ||
Four NATO Allies and one partner boost Special Operations Forces capabilities
The Regional Special Operations Component Command (R-SOCC) declared that it has reached Initial Operational Capability on 12 May 2021 as part of exercise Black Swan 2021 (19 April – 14 May 2021).
|07 Dec. 2020 ||
Composite Special Operations Component Command reaches full operational capability
Belgium, Denmark, and the Netherlands declared their Composite Special Operations Component Command (C-SOCC) headquarters as fully operational on Monday 7 December 2020. The Composite Special Operations Component Command combines national capabilities from the three participating nations into a deployable multinational headquarters, specifically designed for commanding several Special Operations Forces task groups. This innovative approach provides the participating nations with a capability that exceeds the sum of their individual national contributions.
|11 Dec. 2019 ||
Multinational Special Operations Aviation training centre opens in Croatia
Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, and Slovenia jointly opened the Multinational Special Aviation Programme at a ceremony in Zadar, Croatia on Wednesday (11 December 2019). The training centre is dedicated to training air crews responsible for transporting Special Operations Forces.
|25 Oct. 2019 ||
Four NATO Allies establish a regional Special Forces command
On Friday (25 October 2019), the Defence Ministers of Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a Regional Special Operations Component Command (R-SOCC). Under the leadership of Hungary, this multinational command will increase the ability of these four nations to effectively employ their special forces.
|13 Feb. 2019 ||
Four Allies and one partner will create a regional Special Forces command
On Wednesday (13 February 2019), the Defence Ministers from Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to establish a Regional Special Operations Component Command (R-SOCC) in the margins of the meetings of NATO Defence Ministers in Brussels. Partner nation Austria will sign the LOI immediately following the NATO Defence Ministerial Meeting. This makes this initiative another example of close cooperation between NATO Allies and partners.
|07 Jun. 2018 ||
Three Allies establish Special Forces Command
In the margins of the NATO Defence Ministers meeting on Thursday (7 June 2018), the Defence Ministers of Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the creation of a Composite Special Operations Component Command (C-SOCC). Once operational, this tri-national Special Forces Command will participate in the NATO Response Force and could support NATO operations, as well as other multinational missions.
|16 Feb. 2017 ||
Allies take steps to create multinational Special Forces command
Three NATO Allies are strengthening their defence cooperation, with a new agreement to explore the creation of a multinational command for Special Operations Forces, intended to begin its work in 2019. The Defence Ministers of Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands signed the agreement on Thursday (16 February 2017) in the margins of the meetings of NATO Defence Ministers in Brussels. This multinational command will be able to lead and coordinate Special Operations Forces task groups within a small joint operation scenario.
|06 Nov. 2015 ||
Special Ops Forces undergo rigorous training at NATO’s Trident Juncture 15
Often working out of sight, Allied special operations forces play a key role in any military operation. That is why they have been training alongside their land, sea and air counterparts in Trident Juncture 2015, NATO’s largest military exercise in more than a decade. The rigorous and diverse training, taking place in Italy, Spain and Portugal, has helped to hone the skills and readiness of special forces from nine Allies and one partner nation to perform all possible tasked missions as part of the NATO Response Force.
|24 Jun. 2015 ||
Four Allies announce plans to cooperate on one of NATO’s capability priorities
Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia on Wednesday (24 June 2015) signed a letter of intent on multinational cooperation in the area of special operations forces aviation. The letter of intent follows up on the promise made by Allied leaders at their Wales Summit to increase investments in meeting NATO‘s capability priorities.