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Command Sign of the Nordic Battle Group (Sweden, Finland, Norway)

Kommandotecknet för Nordic Battlegroup

Last modified: 2006-08-12 by phil nelson
Keywords: nordic battle group | roman numberal: v |
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Nordic Battle Group
image by Eugene Ipavec, 9 July 2006

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Square horizontal triband of blue-yellow-blue, with blue Roman numeral V in the yellow stripe. The "V" may also be interpreted as Victory, referring to the battle group motto: "Victory through Values". The Command Sign was introduced at a ceremony on May 12, 2006 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Sweden, Norway and Finland have reached agreement to collaborate in the establishment of a so-called "battle group" to be placed at the disposal of the EU as of January 2008. The three countries have also agreed to include Estonia in this collaboration.

The background to the agreement lies in the European Union's (EU) decision to establish 13 so-called battle groups, each consisting of about 1500 military personnel. The aim is to establish flexible rapid reaction forces capable of deploying at short notice to take part in operations to maintain or re-establish peace and security. The concept has been developed in conjunction with the UN and the forces are intended to reinforce the UN's crisis management capability. Participation in an EU operation presupposes that a clear mandate has been established under international law..
Kristian Söderberg, 12 May 2006