The Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command
The core task of the Defence Forces Logistics Command is to ensure the efficient use of the Defence Forces’ capabilities and execution of operations in all circumstances.
The Logistics Command is responsible for the operational capability of troops, personnel and systems and the availability of material. The Defence Forces Logistics Command is a profit centre subordinate to the Defence Command. The Logistics Command owns and supports the material of the Defence Forces and is responsible for its technical life cycle management. The areas of responsibility of the Logistics Command include:
- Defence Forces acquisitions
facilities management and materials
- catering arrangements
- health care at the Defence Forces and environmental issues
The tasks of the Defence Forces Logistics Command include integrating the Defence Forces logistics system into the national and international logistics system. The Command also manages the Defence Forces’ partnerships and agreements and is responsible for the Defence Forces’ agreement management.
General information concerning the Logistics Command
The Logistics Command supports the Defence Forces’ troops in national and international environments. The Command is an actor as referred to in the chemicals safety act and the Defence Command’s and service commands’ technical expert in the fields of logistics and materials. The Defence Forces Logistics Command supports other authorities responsible for safety in tasks in which it has knowhow.
The Defence Forces Logistics Command started operating at the beginning of 2015. The Command has approximately 2 200 employees in 39 localities. The Command’s administrative units include
- The Headquarters and the Logistics School subordinate to it
- Joint Systems Centre
- Explosives Centre
- Centre for Military Medicine
- three logistics regiments.
Defence Forces Logistics Command Headquarters
The Defence Forces Logistics Command Headquarters is responsible for the overall planning and coordination of the activities of the Command and it directs the administrative units under it. The Headquarters is responsible for the carrying out of defence material acquisitions in cooperation with the Joint Systems Centre. The Headquarters is also responsible for managing the codification of defence material. The Headquarters manages partnerships related to the Defence Forces logistics system. Strategic partnerships include, for example, Millog Ltd, Patria Plc, Insta Group Ltd and Leijona Catering Ltd. Important cooperation establishments also include Senate Properties, the Construction Establishment of the Defence Administration, and the Soldier’s Home Association. The Headquarters is responsible for the Logistics Command’s operational readiness and it maintains situation picture involving the logistics system. The Logistics Command's Headquarters is located in Tampere. It has appr. 300 employees.
The Logistics School
The Logistics School is a brigade-level unit subordinate to the Logistics Command Headquarters. The Logistics School provides logistics training included in officer training degrees, on the basis of the needs of the services, and conducts research activities aimed at developing the Defence Forces logistics system. The Logistics School organises basic and continuing education for the Defence Forces salaried personnel in cooperation with the National Defence University and the service, branch and functional area schools. The Logistics School provides field medicine training for reserve officers in cooperation with the Centre for Military Medicine and the Army Academy. Further information concerning the training is available on the varusmies.fi/en website under Service titles. The Logistics School also produces Defence Forces support and logistics guidebooks and manuals and conducts operational and tactical level research work. The Logistics School operates in Riihimäki It has appr. 70 employees.
Joint Systems Centre
The Joint Systems Centre is responsible for the management of the technical life cycle of the Defence Forces’ systems and materiel and their maintenance. It also answers for the technical preparation of procurements. The Joint Systems Centre is also responsible for technical inspections involving the capability of equipment and the operating safety of the material of the Defence Forces. The Joint Systems Centre is in charge of the systems of the Defence Forces’ equipment and produces situation picture involving technical systems and war equipment. The Joint Systems Centre has offices in Tampere, Jyväskylä, Riihimäki and Turku. The Centre has appr. 500 employees.
1st Logistics Regiment
The Ist Logistics Regiment supports the administrative units of the Defence Forces and the Border Guard in the organisation of logistics and support in all states of readiness. The Regiment makes up the Defence Forces’ logistics service network in eastern and southern Finland. The Regiment stores the Defence Forces’ combat equipment and explosives for all the units of the Defence Forces. It is also responsible for the maintenance and inspections of the equipment stored by it. Storing explosive material and seeing to that it stays in good condition is a special feature of the Regiment. The Regiment comprises a Headquarters, the East Finland Store Section, South Finland Store Section and East Finland Security Unit. The Regiment Headquarters is located in Kouvola. The Regiment operates in 15 localities. The 1st Logistics Regiment has appr. 200 employees.
2nd Logistics Regiment
The 2nd Logistics Regiment supports the Defence Forces and Border Guard administrative units in the organisation of their logistics and support in all states of readiness and acts if necessary as the first contact point to the logistics systems for those troops it is responsible for. The Regiment stores the combat equipment in its control, carries out maintenance tasks, supports if necessary troops in the organisation of logistics and participates in the organisation of support required for international operations. As for its special features, the Regiment conducts logistics tasks related to the Navy’s special material as well as those involving the FDF's clothing, soft accommodation, field provisioning and medicine. The regiment consists of a Headquarters and the West Finland Security Unit subordinate to it, the Naval Depot, West Finland Store Section and Quartermaster Depot. The Regiment Headquarters is located in Turku. The Regiment operates in 13 localities. The 2nd Logistics Regiment has appr. 330 employees.
3rd Logistics Regiment
The 3rd Logistics Regiment supports the Defence Forces and Border Guard administrative units in the organisation of their logistics and support in all states of readiness. It also generates wartime troops by personnel placement planning. The Regiment also stores combat equipment. The Logistics Regiment participates in assisting other authorities and in the carrying out of military crisis management exercises and international exercises. As a special feature, the Regiment provides material resupply and maintenance services for the Air Force. The Regiment consists of a Headquarters, Air Systems Depot, North Finland Storage Section and North Finland Security Unit. The Regiment Headquarters is located in Jyväskylä. The Regiment operates in 6 localities. The 3rd Logistics Regiment has appr. 260 employees.
Centre for Military Medicine
The most important duties of the Centre for Military Medicine include the provision of health care for conscripts in military service, research in the field of military medicine, medicine logistics and field medicine training. The Military Medicine Archive attached to the Centre is responsible for the archiving of conscripts’ health information cards and medical examination cards as well as information provision. The health centres of the Field Medicine Services Unit organise health care services for conscripts and occupational health care services for salaried personnel, provide medical training and answer for medical rescue activities in military exercises. The Aeromedical Centre and the Diving Medical Centre perform medical examinations for the purpose of selecting personnel for pilot and diver careers in the Defence Forces as well as annual examinations on this personnel. The Aeromedical Centre serves civilian aviation as well. Competency in the fields of first aid and medical care simulator training, environmental health, medicine logistics and CBRN medicine come together in the Medical Advisor Specialist Unit. The Centre operates in 20 localities. The Centre for Military Medicine has appr. 380 employees.
The Explosives Centre is responsible for the Defence Forces’ production, maintenance and decommissioning of explosives. It also answers for the disposal of decommissioned and discarded explosives, and is responsible for testing activities. Production focuses on manufacturing heavy ammunition, maintenance on lengthening the life cycle of material, and decommissioning on the handling of discarded material and its safe disposal. The Explosives Centre tests all weapons and weapon systems manufactured in Finland or purchased from abroad before they are taken into use or stored, and conducts test firing of samples of ammunition supplies. In addition, it also tests combat devices not previously accepted as combat equipment. The Defence Command and the Border Guard Headquarters and brigade-level units as well as some Finnish manufacturing companies are customers of the Explosives Centre. The Explosives Centre operates in Ähtäri, Haapajärvi, Keuruu and Niinisalo. The Explosives Centre has appr. 150 employees.