CREVAL 2013: Units must prove their readiness to conduct combat operations

Autor: Oldrich Holecek

Two battalions of the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade, 41st Mechanised Battalion and 43rd Airborne Mechanised Battalion will be evaluated according to Combat Readiness Evaluation (CREVAL) NATO method during this September and October.

NATO standardisation programmes require that all allied units deployed to foreign operations be compatible primarily in combat tactics, communication and logistic support. One of these programmes – CREVAL – Combat Readiness Evaluation – ensures the units will be able to fully cooperate in conducting joint defence or attack operations.

The readiness of 41st and 43rd battalions of the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade, which are assigned to the 4th Brigade Task Force, will be proven and certified during the Grim Campaigner 2013 exercise to be held at the Hradiste Military Training Area from 7 to 18 October 2013.

The first phase of CREVAL will start at barracks of both battalions at Zatec and Chrudim and will include inspection of documentation that must be ready before live evaluation of combat activities.

The second phase of CREVAL will be done during the exercise itself. Even though the CREVAL 2013 is planned and organised by the Land Forces Command of ACR, any part of the evaluation will be inspected by observers from the Allied Land Command in Izmir, Turkey.

"Units and formations have been, of course, frequently evaluated to prove their capabilities to fulfil assigned tasks, but the CREVAL programme ensures the necessary compatibility with allied units in conducting operations and combat tasks given," Colonel Karel Schuch, Chief of Staff of the Land Forces Command of ACR, said at the preparatory session of commanders convened to the General Staff of ACR in Prague this week.

Posted: September 27, 2013