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Meet NATO Battlegroup Hungary

NATO Battlegroup Hungary [© NATO Multimedia]

NATO’s multinational battlegroup in Hungary is hard at work in the eastern part of the Alliance standing ready to deter aggression.

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NATO’s multinational battlegroup in Hungary is hard at work in the east of the Alliance, keeping NATO ready to deter aggression and, if necessary, defend the Allied territory.

The battlegroup is one of four new units established in the wake of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine in February 2022. Comprised of Croatian, Italian and Turkish troops, with the Hungarian Defence Forces in the lead, the battlegroup conducts military exercises, which boost the level of familiarisation amongst these Allied troops and the effectiveness of working together.

NATO’s battlegroups were first established in 2016 in response to the increased instability and insecurity along NATO’s periphery, following a decision made by Allies at the 2016 Warsaw Summit to reinforce the eastern part of the Alliance with battalion-sized multinational units. At the 2022 Madrid Summit, Allies committed to doubling the number of units from four to eight, with new battlegroups deploying to Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. Allies also committed to deploy troops to rapidly reinforce these battlegroups if need be, up to brigade level.

NATO Battlegroup Hungary [© NATO Multimedia]

This NATO Multimedia video was filmed last November and released on Friday, 26 April.

  • English translation of soundbite in Hungarian Lt Col Zsolt Jakab, Commander NATO Multinational Battlegroup Hungary: “Since there is a war going on in our neighbourhood right now, it is absolutely necessary for the Hungarian Defence Forces to use these joint forces to show that Hungary is prepared to defend itself and the sovereignty of the country against any kind of threat.”
  • Soundbite, in English, from Capt Tommaso Gallarati, Paratroopers Rifle Platoon, Italian Army: “It’s a very big opportunity for us. Because we get to see the other armies’ and the other comrades’ procedures, so we get to know each other, learn from them, and hopefully, they learn from us.”

Music: Break Me Out, by Dave Sebant-Montefury, Joe Slash, Loki One, Trent Ferman

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