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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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NATO leaders take decisions to ensure robust Alliance

The Alliance’s 28 leaders at their Wales Summit on Friday (5 September 2014) agreed on a Readiness Action Plan to strengthen NATO’s collective defence and to ensure the Alliance is ready to deal with any challenge. “This is a demonstration of our solidarity and resolve,” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
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NATO Special Operations Headquarters Official Opening

On Wednesday December 12, 2012 a ceremony attended by Admiral James Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander – Europe, and LtGen. Frank Kisner, Commander of NATO Special Operations Headquarters (NSHQ), marked the official opening of the NSHQ co-located with Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Casteau, Belgium.
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Building connectivity between Special Forces and partners

Optimising the employment of Special Forces and building on the lessons learnt in current operations is crucial to improving Alliance capabilities. To help do this, the NATO Special Operations Headquarters (NSHQ) is training Allied and partner Special Forces to improve their interoperability and to create a network of trained personnel.
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NATO Special Ops train to save lives

NATO Special Operations Forces (SOF) medics used advanced combat medical simulators to learn life-saving skills during a five-day course at the SOF Allied Centre for Medical Education (ACME) located at SHAPE, Belgium. The centre is equipped with the most advanced medical simulators and enables personnel to train in realistic combat conditions and provide vital care for the wounded.
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NATO’s Special Forces Network

The skills and expertise of Special Forces are valuable assets to NATO operations. But whereas Special Forces are often seen as a national prerogative, the transatlantic Alliance also has a NATO Special Operations Headquarters (NSHQ) where Special Forces work together.

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