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Belgium, Denmark and Netherlands to set up special operations command

11 June 2018

On the first day of the 7-8 June NATO defence ministers meetings in Brussels, the Belgian, Danish, and Dutch ministers signed a memorandum of understanding to create a composite special operations component command (C-SOCC), NATO announced on 7 June.

Scheduled to reach its initial operational capability in 2019 and its full operational capability in 2021, the command will participate in the NATO Response Force and could support alliance and other operations, according to NATO.

The Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the C-SOCC would initially be commanded by Denmark and would be able to deploy up to six special operations task groups and a special air task group.

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