Multinational Division North is heading towards operational approval
Hundreds of Danish soldiers are participating in the exercise "Griffin Lightning 2023" from March 2-10, along with Multinational Division North based in Latvia.
Two C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft recently transported Danish soldiers to Latvia, where they will participate in exercise Griffin Lightning. Photo: Morten Fredslund / The Armed Forces
The multinational headquarters has been under construction since 2019, and during the exercise, the headquarters will be evaluated and assessed in order to obtain approval as an operational combat unit.
"Exercise Griffin Lightning is the stage where we will prove our ability to operate in a NATO Article 5 scenario and that we are ready to fulfill our mission of deterring and defending against foreign attacks by undergoing the NATO-led Combat Readiness Evaluation. The purpose of all previous exercises has been to prepare the Multinational Division North for this role and pass the evaluation, and I am confident that we will succeed," said Major General Flemming Mathiasen, Chief of Multinational Division North.
Soldiers from approximately 20 NATO and partner countries are participating in Griffin Lightning 2023 which exercise three NATO division headquarters in Poland, Germany, and Latvia, where a large number of Danish soldiers serve on a daily basis. Multinational Division North has soldiers from a total of 13 nations attached to it.
Leading up to the exercise, a series of briefings will be carried out to enable the participants to, among other things, to handle the advanced IT software that is used. Photo: Morten Fredslund / The Armed Forces