Finland joins US Nat´l Guard Partnership Program

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Finland joins US Nat´l Guard Partnership Program

Defence Minister Antti Häkkänen and Governor of Virginia Glenn Youngkin on Thursday signed a Letter of Intent in Helsinki on Finland's accession to the United States National Guard Partnership Program (State Partnership Program, SPP), said the Ministry of Defence in a press release.

The National Guards in the United States are troops under the Governors of the states, used regionally in rescue, evacuation and protection missions. Virginia is Finland's state partner.

The strength of the National Guard of Virginia is approximately 8,450, while the combined strength of all National Guards in the United States is about 340,000.

The SPP opened up new opportunities for the Defence Forces for exercises, training, deepening cooperation between sectors and competence development.

Cooperation is carried out primarily within the framework of the Army, Air Force and the cyber sector.

“The defence cooperation between the United States and Finland deepens. These areas of cooperation further enhance the development of Finland's defence and complement the existing cooperation with the United States,” said Minister of Defence Häkkänen.

The State Partnership Program was launched in 1993 and about one hundred partner countries in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia participate in the SPP.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

8 Comments
  1. EmilyJohnson1985 says

    It’s great to see Finland join the US National Guard Partnership Program. This collaboration opens up new possibilities for strengthening defense capabilities and fostering cooperation between our countries. Exciting times ahead!

  2. MeganSmith67 says

    It’s great to see Finland joining the United States National Guard Partnership Program. Strengthening defense cooperation between countries is crucial for global security. Looking forward to enhanced collaboration and development in the military sector.

  3. EmilySmith says

    It’s great to see Finland joining the United States National Guard Partnership Program. This cooperation will undoubtedly strengthen both countries’ defence capabilities and foster collaboration in training and exercises. Looking forward to seeing the positive outcomes of this new partnership!

  4. MeganSmith87 says

    How will this partnership benefit both Finland and the United States in terms of military cooperation and readiness?

    1. JohnDoe79 says

      Hi MeganSmith87, this partnership will enhance military cooperation and readiness for both Finland and the United States through joint exercises, training programs, and exchange of expertise. It will strengthen the defense capabilities of both countries and deepen their strategic alliance. Overall, it will contribute to the security and stability of the region. Exciting times ahead!

  5. EmilySmith says

    As a military enthusiast, I believe that Finland’s participation in the US National Guard Partnership Program is a strategic move that will strengthen both countries’ defense capabilities. The cooperation in training, exercises, and cyber defense fields will surely benefit both parties and enhance regional security. It’s great to see nations working together towards common goals.

  6. Emily92 says

    I believe this partnership between Finland and the US National Guard is a positive step towards enhancing defense capabilities and cooperation on an international level. It’s important for countries to work together in areas such as training, exercises, and competence development to ensure regional and global security. Exciting to see this collaboration unfold!

  7. AlexandraSmith says

    It’s great to see Finland joining the United States National Guard Partnership Program! This cooperation will undoubtedly strengthen both countries’ defence capabilities and foster valuable cross-training opportunities. Exciting times ahead for the Finnish Defence Forces!

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