JFC Brunssum

Search our content

Home  /  Newsroom  /  News  /  2024  /  Spain Takes Command: A New Chapter for NATO's Multinational Battlegroup Slovakia

Jul 1 2024

Spain Takes Command: A New Chapter for NATO's Multinational Battlegroup Slovakia

Brunssum, The Netherlands – On 1 July 2024, Spain officially assumed leadership of NATO's Multinational Battlegroup in Slovakia, taking over from the Czech Republic. The handover ceremony, held at the Lešť military base in Slovakia, was a significant event attended by NATO officials and representatives from various member nations, symbolizing unity and cooperation within the Alliance.

For more than the past two years, the Czech Republic has demonstrated exemplary leadership of the Multinational Battlegroup Slovakia. Under Czech command, the battlegroup has significantly enhanced its readiness and interoperability, playing a crucial role in NATO's deterrence and defence strategy. Czech forces have overseen numerous training exercises and operational deployments, ensuring that the battlegroup remains a formidable force capable of rapid mobilization.

The battlegroup, one of eight stationed along NATO's eastern borders, has showcased its ability to quickly form a multinational combat brigade in less than ten days. Since the deployment of the Spanish contingent earlier this year, it has been a key element in bolstering the security and readiness of the region.

In recent months, Spanish troops in Slovakia have engaged in several training exercises to enhance their operational readiness. The latest exercise, Slovak Shield, demonstrated Spain's capability to lead a multinational brigade, reinforcing NATO's defence and deterrence strategy in the Euro-Atlantic zone.

Spain's new role is not limited to Slovakia. Utilizing the Spanish NATO Rapid Deployment Corps (NRDC), Spain has also taken command of an Army Corps operating in the Hungary/Slovakia area. This unit, under the Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum, is responsible for conducting vital tactical operations on NATO's eastern flank. An advanced element of the Spanish NRDC headquarters has been deployed to ensure effective coordination with host countries and other military units.

In addition, Spain continues to play a crucial role in NATO's defence strategy. Spanish forces are integral to the Canadian-led battlegroup in Latvia, where they operate with advanced military equipment, including Leopard 2E main battle tanks and Pizarro Infantry Combat Vehicles. Spanish air defence units are also stationed in Latvia and Estonia, contributing to NATO's overall deterrence and defence capabilities.

Spain's leadership in Slovakia highlights its strong commitment to NATO's defence goals. This redeployment of forces to NATO's eastern flank underscores Spain's dedication to supporting and reinforcing the Alliance's presence in the region. Through these efforts, Spain shows its role as a reliable partner and ally, significantly contributing to the collective security of the Euro-Atlantic area.

Story by JFC Brunssum Public Affairs Office

Search our content:


Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum
Rimburgerweg 30
6445 PA Brunssum
The Netherlands


JFCBS HQ Brunssum
PO box 270
6440AG Brunssum
The Netherlands

Media Operations

Public Affairs Office
Attn: Media Section
6445 PA Brunssum
The Netherlands