This important exercise trained the operational tasks, coordination and logistic procedures of NATO's most north-eastern division-level command. "Exercise Knight Lavard 22 has been an excellent opportunity to train our many tasks and refine our processes and procedures," says Major General Flemming Mathiasen, Commander MND N.
MND N is organized and manned to be able to scale up and undertake a wide range of NATO tasks in the Baltic area. From peacetime coordination and training to full scale warfighting. This means that the headquarters has a basic staff located in Latvia and Denmark during peacetime but can be boosted to more than double that size on very short notice if NATO is threatened or attacked in the region.
MG Mathiasen addresses service members of Headquarters Multinational Division North at the conclusion of exercise Knight Lavard 22 / Photo by HQ MND N
Exercise Knight Lavard 2022 trained headquarters staff in a number of
scenarios at divisional level including a full scale military attack on
NATO countries in the Baltic area. A situation where Headquarters
Multinational Division North will play a major role in organizing and
executing NATO military operations.
The exercise took MND N staff
through a detailed scenario where NATO forces move in to defend the
member states Latvia and Estonia and expel an aggressor from NATO
territory. Extensive knowledge of the terrain, the local forces and
potential axis of attack on NATO were studied in detail and attacking
forces repulsed from NATO territory and punished severely in the
process. As the
exercise ended after a week of intense training, Major General Flemming Mathiasen said:
I was especially pleased to see how quickly and efficiently
headquarters staff cooperated with other NATO units during the exercise
to act as one. The ability to take command of and integrate other units
and perform a variety of tasks is the key to our role as multinational
Lavard 22 was that first of a number of major exercises and activities
in an important year for the MND N. Later this spring the headquarters
will deploy to Estonia in order to conduct exercise Knight Legion 22 and
during the autumn several other exercises will refine the headquarters
staff. The tasks of Headquarters Multinational Division
North will continue to range from facilitating training and exercises in
the region over coordination and all the way to full scale combat if
the Baltic countries are threatened or attacked.