Czech paratroopers certified for NATO Response Force 2015

Autor: Nuala Casey, Oldrich Holecek

The airborne combat operation of the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade was the highlight of the week-long “Moonrider“ certification exercise carried out at the Boletice Military Training Area and Bechyne Airport last week.

The 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade (RDB) thus earmarks the Brigade Headquarters and its 43rd Airborne Battalion for the NATO Response Force (NRF) in 2015. It will be the first time that the Czech Army will commit not only to operating with self-sustaining units, but also use the Brigade HQ for the NRF.

Preparedness in all areas was tested according to NATO Combat Readiness Evaluation standards and was observed by Czech, German and Dutch military referees.

The whole 4th RDB is already certified for a 180-day notice period, but the 43rd Airborne Battalion achieved a category 3 certification, which means it will be able to deploy within 15 days anywhere in the world, with the exception of the polar regions.

"I am very satisfied with the direction of this exercise, and I am sure we will be able to meet our commitments from January 2015", said Colonel Miroslav Hlavac, Commander of the 4th RDB.

"The surprise style of the operation is a typical action of our battalion. It is intended to deliver fast, effective attack and also fast withdrawal. Therefore, we will be the first unit to be deployed to a foreign operation right at the outset", said Major Ivo Zelinka, Deputy Commander of the 43rd AB.

The exercise also confirmed the high level of preparedness and interoperability capacity of the other 14 Czech units, which will further complement the Brigade HQ for NRF 2015.

December 1, 2014