• The Nordic Battlegroup was ready for a deployment on behalf of the EU.Photo: Jimmy Croona/Swedish Armed Forces
  • Nordic Battlegroup in exercise during the summer. Photo: Ronnie Hammar/Swedish Armed Forces
  • Estonia was one of the seven participating countries in NBG 15.Photo: Swedish Armed Forces
  • Soldiers in the NBG practice medical evacuations with a helicopter.Photo: Samuel Pardon/Swedish Armed Forces

Nordic Battlegroup NBG15

Nordic Battlegroup’s mission – to be ready as a strong contributor to the EU crisis management capability – is completed. The Battlegroup has set a high standard for the European Union Battlegroups and participation in the Nordic Battlegroup has made the cooperation stronger between the seven contributing nations.

One of the EU objectives is to reinforce peace through joint actions. To be able to respond quickly to conflicts in different areas, the EU has “battlegroups”. During the first half of 2015, Swedenhas been leading a battlegroup for the third time. Together with Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania and Norway, Sweden formed Nordic Battlegroup 15.

Hoping for peace, but prepared for action

Nordic Battlegroup was capable of being on site in a crisis area within 10 days of an EU decision. The duties that could have face the battlegroup will be set by the EU but the unit's insignia suggests what might be expected. The insignia features a lion holding an olive branch in one paw and a sword in the other. “I think that’s an important message – that the purpose of the EU Battlegroups is not to fight – it is to bring help or hope to someone," says Force Commander Colonel Torbjörn Larsson, head of NBG 15.

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