NATO activates six headquarters in eastern Europe

NATO activates six headquarters in eastern Europe
# 02 September 2015 20:18 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. NATO has activated six headquarters, called NATO Force Integration Units (NFIU) in eastern Europe, the security organization said in a press release Wednesday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

These headquarters, based in Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania, will ensure that NATO's high-readiness forces can deploy to the region in a rapid manner and prepare for subsequent operations if required.

General Philip Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, said, "These units will be critical in facilitating the rapid deployment of Allied forces if required, supporting collective defense planning, and assisting in coordinating training and exercises."

The units are part of NATO's adaptation plans as the Alliance faces increased security challenges in the region.

They will work in conjunction with national officials to identify logistical networks, transportation nodes and support infrastructure to ensure NATO high-readiness forces can deploy to an assigned region as quickly as possible.

The NFIUs are small headquarters, not military bases, but they are part of the Readiness Action Plan, the biggest reinforcement of NATO's collective defense since the end of the Cold War, according to NATO's Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Mons, Belgium.

Each NFIU will be manned by around 40 staff, half of them coming from the host nation.

The NFIUs are expected to be fully operational by the Warsaw Summit in the summer of 2016.