Hærens Jegerkommando


Hærens Jegerkommando

Infobox Military Unit
unit_name= (HJK)


caption=Norwegian army special forces logo
dates= HFJS: 1962 - 1971
HJS: 1971 - 1997
HJK: 1997- current
country= Norway
allegiance=
branch= Royal Norwegian Army
type= Army Special Forces
role= Special Reconnaissance (SR)
Direct Action (DA)
Military assistance (MA)
Combat Search And Rescue (CSAR)
size= Classified
command_structure=
current_commander=
garrison= Rena leir
ceremonial_chief=
colonel_of_the_regiment=
nickname=
patron=
motto=
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battles=
Bosnian war
Kosovo war
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Anaconda
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Hærens Jegerkommando (English language: Army Ranger Command) (HJK) is the armed forces competence center for commando, airborne and counter terrorist duty in the Norwegian Army. HJK is located 30 km. north of Elverum in the south east Norway, in Camp Rena, which received its first active units in 1997 after being built in 1993–96. The camp is also the home of a cavalry education regiment.

The Pathfinder platoon is part of the HJK training cadre and consists of conscripts deemed suitable for service in the unit after a selection period. The role of this unit is to annually train one platoon of soldiers as a jump-qualified recce asset within the Norwegian military organization. The training cadre is also responsible for selecting and training personnel to the Norwegian Special Command (FSK), which is also a part of HJK. HJK has a large HQ unit, a paratrooper unit, which trains personnel from all branches of the Norwegian military organization in parachute operations, and a unit of "Spesialjegere" (en. Special Ranger) which is comparable to the American Delta Force and British SAS.

Weapons:

* Automatgevær 3F2 - Assault Rifle
* Heckler & Koch HK-416 - Assault Rifle
* Diemaco C8 SFW - Assault rifle
* Heckler & Koch G-36C - Assault Rifle
* Heckler & Koch MSG-90 - Sniper rifle
* Accuracy International L115A1 - Sniper Rifle
* Barrett M82A1 - high-powered heavy Sniper Rifle
* Heckler & Koch MP5 - Submachine gun
* Browning M2 - HMG
* Rheinmetall MG3 - GPMG
* FN Minimi Para - LMG
* Heckler & Koch USP - Pistol
* AG36 - Grenade launcher
* Talley Defense Systems M72 LAW - light anti-armor weapon
* Carl Gustav recoilless rifle - anti-tank weapon

HJK in Kosovo

HJK was the first special forces unit to enter Pristina. The HJK's mission was to level the negotiating field between the belligerent parties, and to fine-tune the detailed, local deals needed to implement the peace deal between the Serbians and the Kosovo Albanians.

The HJK was rumored to have been chosen to do the job ahead of American and French special forces on the recommendation of the British SAS [ [http://www.janes.com/defence/news/kosovo/jdw990420_01_n.shtml Article: Special forces involvement confirmed] .]

HJK KIA in Afghanistan

On 23 July, 2007 HJK lieutenant Tor Arne Lau Henriksen was killed in a short and intense close quarters engagement between a Norwegian special forces reconnaissance patrol and hostile fighters in Lowgar Province, Afghanistan. [ [http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article1900585.ece Aftenposten Newspaper article: "Special forces soldier killed in Afghanistan"] en icon] [ [http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article1906015.ece Aftenposten Newspaper article: "Fallen soldier comes home"] en icon]

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