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SHARP LYNX 2014 - Multi-National Military Police exercise back in the Czech Republic

Military policemen of four nations, that form the NATO Multi-National Military Police Battalion (MNMPBAT), successfully accomplished their week-long training exercise Sharp Lynx 2014 yesterday at the Military Training Area Brezina near Vyskov.

Military policemen of four nations, that form the NATO Multi-National Military Police Battalion (MNMPBAT), successfully accomplished their week-long training exercise Sharp Lynx 2014 yesterday at the Military Training Area Brezina near Vyskov.

"The major aim of the exercise is to verify coordination in decision-making process within the staff of multi-national battalion, and increase interoperability," said Colonel Pavel Fejfar, Director of the exercise from Czech Military Police, while the secondary aim was to restore certification for possible joint deployment with allied forces elsewhere.

The NATO MNMPBAT is composed of Military Police units of the Czech Republic, Croatia, Poland and, Slovakia. Based on a rotation scheme, the staff of this exercise was commanded by Polish Lieutenant Colonel Mateusz Dadal.

Apart from live firing from small arms, the scenario of the exercise included majority of police work, the unit can encounter while deployed to a conflict-stricken area with NATO combat or peace-keeping forces.

For their training, the 220 policemen used facilities of the Simulation Technologies Centre in Vyskov Military Academy, while practical drills were conducted at adjacent Military Training Area Brezina. The personnel of the Czech Active Reserve force ensured real live protection of the exercise buildings and areas.

The exercise was visited by international observers from France, Germany, Monte Negro and the United States.

The training exercise Sharp Lynx 2014 highly contributed to enhancing multi-national interoperability and the NATO MNMPBAT was certified to be deployed also from 2015, if necessary. The exercise was evaluated by personnel of the NATO Military Police Centre of Excellence based in the Polish city of Bydgosz. The certification of the battalion’s deployable capability is granted every three years.

The NATO MNMPBAT began the accession talks with the 13-nation Multi-National Corps North-East based in Polish Scecin, in 2012.

The annual training exercise of the NATO MNMPBAT returned to the Czech Republic after five years.

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October 1, 2014