Czech NRF 2013 units activated to inspect readiness

Autor: Oldrich Holecek

The periodical separate testing of Czech units earmarked for the NATO Response Force (NRF) culminated this September and October by activation of all Czech units which contribute to 2013 rotation.

The activation included also three NSE (National Support Element) units from 14th Logistic Support Brigade based at Pardubice which in case of live activation are in charge of supporting and supplying the Immediate Response Force, an air defence battery, field hospital, a CIMIC (Civil-Military Cooperation) detachment, and a pontoon platoon.

Before practical exercise of all Czech NSE elements to be held the third October week at the Boletice Military Training Area, the assigned personnel and equipment went through CREVAL (Combat Readiness Evaluation) testing at the Pardubice base on 10 October 2013.

The decision to build the NATO Response Force was achieved at the NATO Summit 2002 in Prague were allies adopted the Prague Capabilities Commitment in a bid to be able to deploy a flexible and sustainable force in a very short period of time to response to immediate threat that could come up anywhere. The first NRF rotation served at a stand by basis right the next year in 2003. Earmarked units from most of NATO countries served only three or six months at the begining.

While the Czech participation in NRF 1 (2003) comprises just 80 Czech soldiers of chemical reconnaissance platoon for three months, and the NRF 2 (2003-2004) with the same unit lasted six months, the present Czech rotation in NRF 2013 makes in total 766 soldiers-specialists with equipment from variety of air and land forces units, and for the whole year. The rotation is formed mainly from 31st Radiological, Chemical and Biological Protection Brigade, 53rd Recconaissance and Electronic Warfare Brigade, 14th Logistic Support Brigade, 25th Air Defence Missile Brigade, Field Hospital Base, 15th Engineer Brigade, and 103rd CIMIC-PSYOPS Centre, and others.

The Czech task force contributing to NRF 2013 is commanded by Colonel Jaroslav Ackermann from 25th Air Defence Missile Brigade based at Strakonice.

The initial procedures of CREVAL at the Pardubice Brigade were led by Colonel Vaclav Vlcek from the Joint Operations Centre of MoD in Prague who said: "At present, when the Czech military downsize their force deployed on foreign operations, we will pay more attention to units which contribute to NRF system."

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Posted: October 13, 2013