Grim Campaigner 2013 exercise certifies battalions to NATO standards

Autor: Oldrich Holecek

Chief of the General Staff of ACR Lieutenant General Petr Pavel handed over certificates of Combat Readiness Evaluation (CREVAL) to commanders of 41st Mechanised and 43rd Airborne Battalions at the end of Grim Campaigner 2013 exercise confirming thier succesful performance within the 4th Brigade Task Force.

The largest 2013 land and air force exercise Grim Campaigner held at the Hradiste Training Area from 7 to 18 October 2013 confirmed that the 41st Mechanised Battalion and 43rd Airborne Mechanised Battalion of the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade (RDB) are fully capable to conduct defence and attack operations complying with NATO standards. The battalions form the core of the 4th Brigade Task Force which will be fully operational in 2014.

Activities of more than 1900 soldiers with 600 pieces of equipment not only from the 4th RDB but also from other 15 headquarters and units of the Czech military, included scenarios of possible engagement of units both in defence of the Czech Republic and deployment on foreign missions within allied commitments.

While the exercise was directed by commander of the 4th RDB Colonel Miroslav Hlavac, the Combat Readiness Evaluation was prepared by Land Forces commander Major General Jan Gurnik and procedures were inspected by observers from the Allied Land Command in Izmir, Turkey.

"The readiness of both battalions to fulfil their tasks in a full spectrum of multinational operations according to NATO standards was achieved by dutiful work and training at home with good use of experience gained during service on foreign operations," Lieutenant General Petr Pavel, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic, says at the end of the exercise.

Posted: October 19, 2013