The Commanders Respond: Finnish Navy

Working with reliable and capable partners is of utmost importance in today’s world. Finland is a member of the European Union and an active partner in NATO. Regional cooperation with Nordic countries and bilateral cooperation with other key nations improve our military capability, increase interoperability, and are cost-effective. 

During 2014 Finnish Defence Forces received political guidance to study the possibilities of deepening our cooperation with Sweden. Bilaterally, Swedish­-Finnish naval cooperation has a long history. Common interest in improved exercises and surveillance cooperation has contributed to a comprehensive vision and road map for future development—namely the Swedish-Finnish Naval Task Group concept. In the future we hope that this cooperation will provide both navies more operational capability and the tools to participate in international crisis-management duties together. 

To maintain a safe and secure maritime environment, to prevent friction, and advance positive developments, we must continue to network and build partnerships, share information, and collaborate with all essential regional and bilateral states.



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