Joint Arctic Command

The Joint Arctic Command (Danish: Arktisk Kommando; Faroese: Arktisk Kommando; Greenlandic: Issittumi Sakkutooqarfik) is a direct Level II authority in the Danish Defence. Joint Arctic Command's primary mission in peacetime is to ensure the Unity of the Realm sovereignty by monitoring the area around the Faroe Islands and Greenland. The command also handles tasks such as fishery inspection, Search and Rescue (SAR), patient transport and other tasks of social character.

Joint Arctic Command
Arktisk Kommando
Issittumi Sakkutooqarfik
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Founded31 October 2012; 7 years ago (2012-10-31)
Countries Greenland
 Faroe Islands
Allegiance Kingdom of Denmark
Size~40 civilian & military
Part ofDanish Defence
Headquarters Nuuk, Greenland
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WebsiteOfficial Website
Official Facebook
Chief of Arctic CommandMajor General Kim Jesper Jørgensen (RDAF)[1]

As a result of the Defence Agreement 2010-2014, it was decided to close the two commands, Island Command Faroes and Island Command Greenland and replace them with the joint service Arctic Command. The command will act as the connection point and coordinator of cooperation between the armed forces and local authorities.[2] Both Island Commands Faroes and Greenland were previously also components of the NATO Command Structure (NCS), but there is no confirmation that the new Arctic Command is in the NCS as well.

Main sitesEdit

  • Nuuk [3]
    • Headquarters is staffed by 36 civilian and military employees, located in Royal Greenland's former headquarters. There were originally three different sites proposed for the location: Nuuk, Narsarsuaq, or the current location of the Marine Station Grønnedal (Kangilinnguit).
  • Thorshavn [4]
    • Contact element Faroe Islands (FEF) rent space in the same building as used by MRCC Tórshavn / Torshavn Radio and the Faroese Contingencies Agency "Tilbúgvingarstovnur Føroya". The location here means an enhanced preparedness and coordination between the civilian and military authorities and tasks. In total there are four military and one civilian employee of the FEF.

Joint Arctic Command is also responsible for Slædepatruljen Sirius in North-east Greenland.[5]


  1. ^ "Chief of Arctic Command". Forsvaret. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  2. ^ The headquarters of protection Joint Arctic Command to Nuuk Archived June 5, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ New headquarters for the Protection Joint Arctic Command in Nuuk Archived June 5, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ The defense tenant locations in Tórshavn Archived June 5, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ GERARD O’DWYER. "Denmark Boosts Resources for Arctic Security" DefenseNews, 8 October 2013. Accessed: 20 October 2013.

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