Finnish Rapid Deployment Force

Finnish Rapid Deployment Force

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The Finnish Rapid Deployment Force (FRDF) () is the spearhead international force of the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF). It can also be used for national defence.

The force is trained to participate as a part of multinational peacekeeping and "crisis management" operations and can be deployed at short notice.

Although the FRDF is an addition to rather than a replacement for traditional peacekeeping forces, many Finnish peacekeepers have FRDF training, and FRDF soldiers are mostly used as a sort of recruitment pool for international peacekeeping missions, which may consist of a mix of normal reservists, FRDF-trained reservists and professional soldiers (mostly officers).

Formed in 1996, the first battalion became operational in 1998. Elements of the group were first deployed in 1999 as a part of the KFOR operation in Kosovo.

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The FRDF currently consists of:



In 2008, training of anti-aircraft troops was supposed to begin in the Karelia Brigade, but for some reason didn't happen...
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