Brigade Task Force is closer to certification

The 4th Brigade Task Force has, during the past two weeks, been concentrating its efforts on achieving full combat readiness at the Plumed Serpent field training exercise taking place at the Hradiste Military Training Area.

Units of the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade at the Plumed Serpent exercise
Units of the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade at the Plumed Serpent exercise

The aim of the exercise is to enhance the coordination of all units assigned to the 4th Brigade Task Force built up of corps from the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade.

The training initially focused on small arms live-firing from individual soldiers and, later, from grenade launchers, machine guns, mortars, anti-tank missiles and guns mounted on Pandur combat vehicles. It also included tactical manoeuvres such as airdrops to support the ground force. The exercise scenario culminated in the soldiers having to fight off an invading army.

"Similar scenarios have become the standard during these exercises within the Alliance. It is all about being prepared for situations which can theoretically occur," said Minister of Defence Martin Stropnicky when visiting soldiers and commanding officers during the exercise.

The main task for the personnel was the planning and executing of the counterattack engaging the 41st Mechanised Battalion and the 43rd Airborne Battalion, with logistic support from the assigned units. The ‘enemy’ was represented by two battalions from the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade (the 42nd Mechanised Battalion and the 44th Light Motorised Battalion).

"The Brigade’s units carried out their tasks demonstrating their usual high level of professionalism," said the Commander of the 4th RDB, Colonel Roman Nahoncik, when meeting with the Chief of the General Staff General, Josef Becvar. "I am very satisfied with all of the soldiers’ performance during the exercise and, judging by the excellent results achieved, it is obvious that they are very highly motivated" said General Becvar.

The 4th Brigade Task Force will be demonstrating its capabilities early next year during the Combat Readiness Evaluation (CREVAL), and will be supervised by NATO military specialists.

Several units will also support NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence next year, and will be deployed in Lithuania and Latvia.

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By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

September 1, 2017