Uusimaa Brigade

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Nyland Brigade
Nylands Brigad (Swedish)
Nyland Brigade's flag.
The Nyland Brigade flag.
Country  Finland
Branch Finnish Navy seal Finnish Navy
Type Marines
Role Coastal warfare, Amphibious warfare
Size Wartime size unknown
Approximately 1,500 soldiers trained each year
Part of Finnish Navy
Garrison/HQ Dragsvik, Raseborg, Finland
Motto(s) Militärt kunnande, sammanhållning, framåtanda
(roughly: Know-how, cohesion, drive)
Colors Blue and yellow
March Nylänningarnas marsch
Anniversaries 18 April (Battle of Siikajoki)
5 July (Battle of Teikari)
9 July (Navy Day)
Equipment Jehu, Jurmo, Uisko, 'G' class, XA-185 Pasi, Spike-ER
Engagements Battle of Siikajoki
Decorations Siikajoki Cross
Commanders
Commodore Kjell Törner
Insignia
Headdress Green beret with Sea Eagle's Head badge (qualified Coastal Jaegers)
Black navy beret with Anchor&Lion badge (other troops)

The Nyland Brigade, officially Nylands Brigad (NylBr) in Swedish, (Finnish: Uudenmaan Prikaati (UudPr)), is a Brigade-level Marine unit of the Finnish Navy stationed in Dragsvik in Raseborg in the province of Uusimaa. The Brigade trains Coastal Jaegers and other troops for combat in coastal environments. It is the only unit of the Finnish Defence Forces where the instruction language is Swedish, the country's other official language. The command language is, however, Finnish.

The brigade also trains personnel for the International ATU unit (Amphibious Task Unit), which is a special crisis management force that can be employed in coastal environments.

Organization[edit]

The Vasa Coastal Jaeger Battalion trains Coastal Jaegers, boatsmen, coastal missile troops, reconnaissance troops and ATU platoons. The Ekenäs Coastal Battalion trains mortar and signal troops, military policemen, chauffeurs, supply specialists and combat engineers.

History[edit]

The Finnish coastal jaegers are trained in Nyland Brigade

The brigade follows the traditions of the Nyland and Tavastehus Cavalry Regiment, which Gustavus Adolphus established in 1626. The regiment distinguished itself in the Battle of Siikajoki during the Finnish War. The brigade also traces back its history to the 3rd Jaeger Regiment during the Finnish Civil War and the 4th Infantry Regiment (JR4) during World War II. The unit became a part of the Finnish Navy in 1998, having been an Army unit until then.

Equipment[edit]

The brigade utilizes XA-185 Pasi APCs and trucks for land transport, and Jehu, Jurmo, Uisko and G class landing craft for amphibious transport. It has also a large number of boats for amphibious transport. The motorized artillery previously used 130 K 54 guns, but now relies on Spike-ER missiles for anti-ship warfare.

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Coordinates: 59°59′10″N 23°29′32″E / 59.9861°N 23.4921°E / 59.9861; 23.4921