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Turks on duty for the EU from July 1

SoldierTurkishAfghan-NATOIsaf-copie-1.jpg(B2) As usual, two new battlegroups will be on call from July 1st for six months. On one side, the Spanish with the Portuguese and French; on the other the Italians with the Romanians and… the Turks. A participation which should not go completely unnoticed, at a time when we are witnessing a revival of activism in Ankara, whether with Iran, Somalia or in the Middle East with the affair of Gaza flotilla (1)

Especially since Turkish participation will not only be symbolic. The Turks will, in fact, provide a fairly notable participation in the Italo-Romanian Battlegroup: on the Land side, an infantry company and several support units; on the sea side, a support unit and additional contributions for an escort group; on the Air side, probably a C130 type aircraft. A civil-military cooperation team could also be added. The OHQ of this battlegroup will be located in Rome.

Note that, for its part, the Franco-Spanish-Portuguese battlegroup should include 2300 people. It is the land high availability headquarters of Betera, near Valencia (Cuartel General Terrestre de Alta Disponibilidad or CGTAD) which will serve as projection FHQ. While the OHQ will be provided in Mont-Valérien (near Paris) and will be served mainly by the French, who will provide around fifty people for this purpose.

View battlegroup schedule for 2011 and beyond.


(Photo credit: NATO / US Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Aramis X. Ramirez)

(1) Read also: No Turc at the head of EUFOR Althea 

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).