NATO and Non-NATO Nations Form Peace Coalition
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 1995 NATO and non-NATO nations are contributing forces to Operation Joint Endeavor, NATO's peace implementation force for Bosnia. According to DoD officials, the following nations are participating:
NATO Nation Anticipated Contribution
Approximately 300 logistics and engineer troops. In addition,
approximately 700 troops in U.N. Croatia for the eastern Slavonia
force will likely remain.
One battalion of up to 1,000 personnel will be deployed, probably in
the British sector. Another 370 air and naval support will be in
theater and about 160 will provide indirect support outside of the area.
One infantry battalion of 800 troops will participate in the Nordic
Brigade. Elements currently in Bosnia will transfer authority.
About 7,500 current forces in the U.N. Protective Force will transfer
authority to NATO's implementation force. About 2,500 additional
troops outside of Bosnia for support such as air-sea lift. French
troops will command the eastern Bosnia sector, including Sarajevo.
Combat support role in Croatia, primarily Split, Zadar and Sibenik,
including transportation battalion, engineer battalion, logistics
battalion, army flying regiment and a medical brigade. About 2,600
will be ground forces in Croatia.
Up to 1,000 personnel, probably a transportation unit with some
engineer support. One frigate, two minesweepers and two C-130
aircraft have been offered.
Parliamentary approval to send a reinforced infantry brigade (the
Garibaldi Brigade - mechanized with special paratrooper forces,
military police, armor, fire support, logistics and medical) plus
continued air and naval participation. San Marco Battalion (naval
infantry) in reserve. Will deploy in the French sector, under
a French Division.
DoD officials anticipate a company-sized contribution.
The Netherlands 2,060
One mechanized infantry battalion and perhaps a tank squadron
(six-seven Leopard tanks). Will operate with a British brigade in
the United Kingdom Sector. Also likely to continue air element.
Represents forces currently in the U.N. Protective Force likely to
participate in Nordic Brigade. Would include engineering company,
military police company, medical company, and logistics battalion.
Will deploy its Independent Airborne Battalion with 192 vehicles,
of which 25 are armored. Battalion will be integrated into the
Italian brigade under a French division.
DoD officials anticipate a 1,000-1,500 reinforced battalion contribution.
Will provide a reinforced battalion for operations in the U.S. sector.
United Kingdom 13,000
Builds on U.N. Protective Force troops. The United Kingdom will
command the western sector.
Nordic Brigade: 4,500
Made up of units from:
- Denmark: Headquarters, infantry battalion and tactical air control
- Finland: Infantry battalion
- Norway: Engineer company, logistics battalion, military police company, medical company
- Poland: Infantry battalion
- Sweden: Infantry battalion
- Austria: 300-man transport/engineer unit
- Czech Republic: 850 troop combat battalion
- Estonia: Probably send one platoon
- Finland: 850 troop battalion for Nordic Brigade
- Hungary: 500-man engineer (bridging) unit
- Latvia: One platoon
- Lithuania: One platoon
- Pakistan: Expect 1,000
- Poland: 600-troop battalion for Nordic Brigade
- Romania: Offered host nation support and possibly mineclearing
- Russian Federation: 1,500-2,500 troops
- Slovakia: 406-man engineer battalion
- Sweden: 807-troop battalion for Nordic Brigade
- Ukraine: 500-man infantry battalion
Potential Non-Nato Participants
- Bangladesh: 1,250 in U.N. Protection Force
- Bulgaria: Expressed interest
- Egypt: Expressed interest
- Malaysia: U.N. Protection Force participant
- New Zealand: Small contribution in Rapid Reaction Force