The Hungarian Armed Forces will set up a Regional Special Operations Component Command (R-SOCC) supported by NATO member countries and neighbouring Austria, the defence minister said in Győr. The R-SOCC will be tasked with ensuring that troops serving in central European countries maintain peace, Tibor Benkő said in his address at a local government office. The creation of the command is an acknowledgment of the performance of the Hungarian special operations unit set up in 2003 with the help of the United States, he said. Hungarian soldiers serving in this unit have earned international recognition, Benkő said, noting that in Afghanistan their command mission duties include overseeing US troops, which he said was rare in general.
Concerning foreign missions, he noted Hungary’s annual contribution of more than 2,000 troops to peacekeeping missions in Asia and Africa.