Four NATO Allies establish a regional Special Forces command

  • 25 Oct. 2019 -
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  • Last updated: 25 Oct. 2019 14:08

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.

NORWAY, Oct. 29. 2018. Royal Netherland Marines are ready to embark in a Cougar to be dropped off at Flakk beach (Trondheim) during the Amphibious Rehearsal of Trident Juncture 18 DV Day. Trident Juncture 18 is designed to ensure that NATO forces are trained, able to operate together and ready to respond to any threat from any direction. Trident Juncture 18 takes place in Norway and the surrounding areas of the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea, including Iceland and the airspace of Finland and Sweden.  With around 50,000 participants from 31 nations Trident Juncture 2018 is one of NATO’s largest exercises in recent years. More than 250 aircraft, 65 ships and 10,000 vehicles are involved in the exercise to perform and conduct air, land, maritime, special operation and amphibious drills. NATO Photo By WO FRAN C.Valverde

The R-SOCC is scheduled to reach initial operational capability in January 2021, and is expected to be fully operational by December 2024. The Command will enable each nation to use its own contributions separately, while benefitting from an integrated R-SOCC structure once activated for a deployment.

At the signing ceremony, NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana highlighted the importance of this initiative. “As Special Operational Forces constitute a highly versatile tool in modern conflict, this signing ceremony takes an important step towards strengthening Special Forces in the region and increasing cooperation and interoperability within the Alliance,” he said.