FACTSHEET | March 5, 2018

Multinational Corps Northeast (MNC-NE)

Szczecin, Poland

Mission:

Following the Corps Convention regulations “within the limits of national constitutions and in accordance with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, pursuant to the decisions taken by the competent organs of the participating States, the Corps will be tasked:

  • To plan and operate for collective defence purposes under Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty;
  • To contribute with its Headquarters within the framework of the United Nations, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, or regional arrangements pursuant to Chapter VIII of the Charter of the United Nations, to multinational crisis management operations including peace support operations, e.g. as a Land Component Command in a Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) context or as a Force Command; these missions may be conducted with forces subordinated or added to the Corps for those purposes;
  • With its Headquarters to plan, prepare and on request to conduct humanitarian and rescue missions including natural disaster relief missions.”
USANATO Support Unit:

A Co, AFNORTH Battalion
Unit 21601
APO AE 09752

Commercial: +48-667672140

Supporting Garrison:

US Army Garrison (USAG) Bavaria [External Link]

NATO Organizations:

Multinational Corps Northeast [External Link]

 

MNC-NE Welcome Packet:

MNC-NE Welcome Packet



History of Multinational Corps Northeast:

There were many factors that contributed to the establishment of a new corps and its headquarters in Poland. Apart from geographical and military reasons, the corps was also to serve as a political symbol that would significantly accelerate the integration of the Armed Forces of Poland and other new partners into the multinational NATO structure, thus fostering the stability in Europe.

Germany, Poland and Denmark had been developing cooperation in many spheres throughout the 1990s. A close trilateral military cooperation between the three had existed since 1995. It gained momentum when the decision was taken in July 1997 at the NATO summit in Madrid to invite the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to become members of the organisation. Thereafter, the Ministers of Defence of Denmark, Germany and Poland decided, in Omulew, Poland, to establish a new Danish-German-Polish corps. This corps would be named MULTINATIONAL CORPS NORTHEAST (MNC NE) with its Headquarters located in Szczecin, Poland. The Headquarters “Allied Land Forces Schleswig-Holstein and Jutland” (LANDJUT) in Rendsburg, Germany, was to form the nucleus of this new command authority.

In March 1998, the Tri-National Working Group began to work on a report concerning the establishment of MNC NE, which, among other things, clarified missions and tasks of the future Corps as well as the legal basis and financial aspects.

When the Ministers of Defence of the three Framework Nations, i.e. Denmark, Germany and Poland, signed the Corps Convention in autumn 1998 thus forming a common corps, Poland was not a member of NATO yet, but the date of the country’s accession (12th March 1999) had already been set. In retrospect, the early signing of this document turned out to be a wise step taken with foresight. As early as 18 September 1999, the three Framework Nations were able to hoist their flags in Szczecin, and the Corps Headquarters moved into the renovated buildings of Baltic Barracks.