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29 July 2004

NATO Deploys Task Force to Assist with Olympic Security

Multinational task force prepared for wide range of threats

NATO has begun deploying personnel, vehicles and equipment from Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Spain to assist the government of Greece in ensuring the security of the 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Multinational Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Task Force is expected to be ready to assume its mission by August 1, according to a NATO press release. "The Hellenic Government retains full responsibility for the overall Olympic security operation, which will be supplemented by NATO's assistance," NATO said.

Following is the release:

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NATO Press Release
29 July 2004

Joint Forces Command Naples

NATO ASSISTANCE TO OLYMPIC SECURITY STARTS WITH DEPLOYMENT OF MULTINATIONAL CHEMICAL BIOLOGICAL RADIOLOGICAL NUCLEAR TASK FORCE

NATO's operational activities nicknamed Distinguished Games started with the deployment of initial elements of the Multinational Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Task Force (MN CBRN TF).

At Greece's request, NATO launched "Distinguished Games" to assist the Hellenic Government to ensure the safe conduct of the 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Hellenic Government retains full responsibility for the overall Olympic security operation, which will be supplemented by NATO's assistance.

In that context, the MN CBRN TF, which is an enhanced force package derived from NATO's MN CBRN Defense Battalion, is deploying to Greece to supplement the Hellenic CBRN capabilities. Currently, the Czech Republic is the lead nation of the MN CBRN Defence Battalion.

MN CBRN BN is a high readiness, multi-national, multi-functional Battalion, able to deploy quickly to participate in the full spectrum of NATO missions wherever NATO requires.

The MN CBRN TF, supplementing the Hellenic CBRN capabilities, is ready to conduct surveillance, detection, identification, survey, decontamination, and CBR laboratory operations within means available.

Personnel, vehicles and equipment from Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, and Spain have started their deployment from their home bases. The MN CBRN TF will be stationed in Halkida, Greece. It is anticipated that the CBRN TF will conclude its deployment by 01 Aug 04 to be ready to assume its mission.

For more information on the MN CBRN BN please visit the page http://www.nato.int/shape/issues/cbrndb/index.htm

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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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