TALLINN – Maj. Gen. Flemming Mathiasen, commander of NATO's Multinational Division North, visited the two infantry brigades of Estonia earlier this week to familiarize himself with their activities and training conditions.
"One of the most important objectives of Multinational Division North, on which we also focused during the recently completed Exercise Knight Lavard 21, is to continuously develop the interoperability of the division's sub-units. The visit to Estonia has the same purpose: to better understand local conditions, the terrain here, and to discuss together how to contribute to the defense of Estonia," Mathiasen said according to remarks published by spokespeople in Tallinn in Estonian.
In the course of the regional tour, Mathiasen met with the commands of the 1st and the 2nd infantry brigades, was briefed on the activities of the units, their training plans and future developments. The commander of Multinational Division North also looked at terrain in both North and South Estonia to get a precise picture of the operational environment here.
Mathiasen discussed with the commands of the Estonian infantry brigades also developments related to Multinational Division North's achieving initial operational capability and the results of the recently completed Exercise Knight Lavard 21.
Estonia, along with Latvia and Denmark, is one of the framework nations of NATO's Multinational Division North. In the event of a military conflict, Multinational Division North is ready to take the national maneuver units into its chain of command to ensure a joint level of command. In time of peace, the division brings together and analyzes information related to both NATO and national defense plans, which ensures common situational awareness in the entire area of responsibility.