From 31 August to 1 September 2022, the Chair of the NATO Army Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer, visited Sweden on the invitation of its Supreme Commander, Normal Micael Bydén. The aim of the go to was to debate the cooperation between Sweden and NATO throughout the accession course of and to realize extra insights into Sweden’s navy capabilities. The Chair of the NATO Army Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer began his official go to by assembly the State Secretary of Overseas Affairs, Mr Robert Rydberg, and the State Secretary of Defence, Mr Jan-Olof Lind. The discussions centered on the present safety atmosphere and the respective plans carried out to safeguard Allied and nationwide territory in addition to ongoing contributions to shared safety. Sweden and Finland’s membership in NATO will allow nearer Baltic and Nordic defence cooperation; strengthen the Alliance’s presence within the Excessive North and enhance transatlantic safety. Accompanied by Normal Bydén and the Deputy Chief Joint Operations, Main Normal Wikman, Admiral Bauer travelled to Northern Finland, the place he was in a position to observe train Vigilant Knife.

Upon arrival, the Admiral was greeted by Normal Timo Kivinen, the Finnish Chief of Defence. On only a few days’ discover, tons of of Swedish troops journeyed to Northern Finland the place they have been positioned underneath Finnish command and skilled with Finnish and British troops. The purpose was to maintain instant readiness and functionality for mixed working on demanding missions. All troops confirmed that they’re extremely able to working collectively underneath the circumstances prevalent in Northern Finland. On the second day, Admiral Bauer met the Commander of the Norrbotten Air Power Wing, Colonel Edström, who briefed him on ongoing air actions, together with fast response models and the monitoring and safety of Swedish airspace. Admiral Bauer then mentioned the accession course of with the Head of the Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters Strategic Planning Group NATO, Main Normal Thomas Nilsson, and the Head of Coverage and Plans Division, Main Normal Lena Persson Herlitz.


Normal Timo Kivinen, Finnish Chief of Defence, Admiral Rob Bauer, Chair of the NATO Army Committee and Normal Micael Bydén, Swedish Chief of Defence at EX Vigilant Knife. (Picture by NATO SHAPE)

Admiral Bauer stated : “By no means earlier than have Sweden and Finland exercised collectively at such extraordinarily quick discover. What impressed me most is the vigour, ardour, professionalism and effectiveness of their armed forces. NATO Allies are proud to have Finland and Sweden as their closest operational companions. And we hope to welcome them quickly to our Alliance. The Swedish Air Power has participated in NATO fast response alert workout routines for over a decade. On a weekly foundation, Swedish fighters fly defensive air drills with NATO fighters to contribute to the safety and stability over Europe, the Baltic Sea Area and the Excessive North. Sweden is certainly one of NATO’s closest companions. We have now been working collectively to strengthen our shared safety, we share the identical values and we’ve excessive interoperability. In parallel to the accession and ratification course of, the preparations navy integration course of have additionally began.”

The Chair of the NATO Army Committee (CMC) is the top of the NATO Army Committee, which advises the North Atlantic Council (NAC) on navy coverage and technique. The CMC is the senior navy spokesperson of the 30-nation alliance and principal advisor to the Secretary Normal. The Chair is likely one of the foremost officers of NATO, subsequent to the Secretary Normal and the Supreme Allied Commander Europe. The CMC is assisted by the Deputy Chair, who advises the Deputy Secretary Normal and serves because the principal agent for coordination of nuclear, organic, and chemical issues for the Army Committee. Initially titled the Chairman, the put up was redesignated in 2021 to mirror the gender-neutrality of the put up. The present Chair of the NATO Army Committee is lieutenant admiral Rob Bauer, former Chief of Defence of the Netherlands, who took workplace on 25 June 2021. The Chair of the Army Committee is elected from among the many NATO Chiefs of Defence and appointed for a three-year time period of workplace. The Chair of the Army Committee chairs all conferences and acts in a global capability.

Chair of NATO Military Committee (CMC) Admiral Bauer Visits Sweden
Admiral Rob Bauer, Chair of NATO Army Committee (CMC) and Normal Micael Bydén, Swedish Chief of Defence being briefed on the Norrbotten Air Power Wing, Sweden. (Picture by NATO SHAPE)