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The Azerbaijani National Guard (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Milli Qvardiyası) is an armed force of the Government of Azerbaijan, and operates as a semi-independent entity.[2] The Guard was definitely active in December 1996 but now appears to have been incorporated into the Special State Protection Service.[3] The guard was established on the December 25, 1991.[4] The Special State Protection Service (SSPS) of Azerbaijan is a military unit subordinate to the President of Azerbaijan. Its responsibilities include organization of the President of Azerbaijan, the protection of the National Parliament, Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan, the Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, the Constitutional Court, the Central Election Commission and other public facilities as well as the protection of foreign heads of state on the territory of Azerbaijan. One of the most important tasks of the SSPS is the safety of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline and the South Caucasus Pipeline. NATO is providing the service with several helicopters and vehicles in order to safeguard the pipeline.[5]

Azerbaijani National Guard
Azərbaycan Milli Qvardiyası
Ilham Aliyev attended the parade 17.jpg
National Guard troops in the Day of the Armed Forces parade in 2018
Active25 December 1991; 27 years ago (1991-12-25)
Country Azerbaijan
AllegianceFlag of the President of Azerbaijan.svg President of Azerbaijan
BranchCoat of arms of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.png Azerbaijani Armed Forces
Part ofAzərbaycan Respublikasının Xüsusi Dövlət Mühafizə Xidməti.jpg Special State Protection Service of Azerbaijan
MarchAzadlıq Marşı (Freedom's March)
Görüş Marşı (Slow March)
EngagementsNagorno-Karabakh War
Colonel-General Vagif Akhundov (chief of SPSS)
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The National Guard has a guard of honor battalion for ceremonial events. The National Guard also appears to have a wartime role as part of Azerbaijan's Land Forces.[6][7]


On December 25, 1991, the National Guard was established. Initially, military service in National Guard was based on a voluntarily two-year contract. According to the presidential decree of July 31, 1992, the National Guard was expanded into the armed forces.[8][9]The members of the National Guard had the honor of carrying the Flag of Azerbaijan and the Olympic flag during the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 European Games.[10]


The missions of the Azerbaijani National Guard are:


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