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Croatia joins NATO"s Multinational Corps Northeast

Croatian Times

Croatia has joined Multinational Corps Northeast (MNC NE) in Szczecin, Poland to become a twelfth member state in this NATO formation.

Lieutenant Colonel Tihomir Zebec, the Chief Military Police Department of the Croatian General Staff signed the note of accession on January 30, 2012, the MNC NE said in a press release.

The Commander of the Multinational Corps Northeast Lieutenant General Rainer Korff welcomed the new member.

"I hope that our collaboration will be fruitful for both sides. The signing of the Note of Accession underscores Croatia’s efforts to foster its relations with NATO. I would also like to emphasize the importance of the Croatian contribution to the development of the NATO Multinational Military Police Battalion, which will be affiliated to the Corps after passing Full Operational Capability," General Korf said.

Lieutenant Colonel Tihomir Zebec said Croatia will give its all to contribute to the development and progress of the Multinational Corps Northeast.

The ongoing manning conference will establish how many Croatian soldiers will serve at the headquarters in Szczecin. Along with the increase of posts of the Headquarters peacetime structure, all member states of the Corps – Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United States – will decide upon manning the respective posts.

Multinational Corps Northeast was founded by Denmark, Germany and Poland in 1999 in Szczecin, Poland, as the first and most eastward located NATO unit. Several other countries have joined the Corps throughout almost thirteen years of its existence: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (2004), Slovakia and the Czech Republic (2005), the United States (2006), Romania (2008) and Slovenia (2009). Croatia is the twelfth state to join.

Since 2005, Multinational Corps Northeast has been a certified NATO Graduated Force Headquarters of Lower Readiness (Land) and a part of NATO Force Structure. The MNC NE personnel have been deployed to Afghanistan twice already – in 2007 and 2010. Currently, the Corps is preparing for this year’s biggest training event – the Crystal Eagle exercise, the aim of which is to train assigned units and share mission experiences.

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