Military Capabilities

Bulgaria to establish Joint Special Operations Command

21 May 2019

The Bulgarian Parliament has approved changes in the Defence and Armed Forces law to enable the establishment of a Joint Special Operations Command. It will be directly subordinated to the Chief of Defence of the Bulgarian armed forces, General Andrey Botsev, and will include the existing 68th Special Forces Brigade based in Plovdiv, comprising three battalions.

According to Gen Botsev, the new command will commence operations this October. The commanding officer of the 68th Brigade, Brigadier Javor Mateev, is the most likely new chief of the Joint Special Operations Command, as he has been the driving force for its formation.

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