V4 EU Battlegroup serves its first rotation

Autor: Nuala Casey, Oldrich Holecek, Michal Novak

The third activation test of the Visegrad Group (V4) European Union Battlegroup Operational Headquarters, the Spring Challenge 2016, which took place in the Polish city of Cracov from 10th - 12th May, has once again proven the superior readiness and training of its international staff.

More than 120 soldiers from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, preselected for deployment to the V4 EU Battlegroup, took part in the last staff training exercise while on standby during the first half of 2016.

About 60 Czech soldiers are serving at the Battlegroup Operational Headquarters in various roles but only a selected few participated in the training last week.

Within the Battlegroup, Czechs are mainly responsible for medical and logistic support. Almost all of the 800 personnel have been trained to build a field hospital, an ammunition depot, and can operate a transportation unit.

The V4 EU Battlegroup is under the command of Polish Major General Cezary Podlasinski, and Czech Brigadier General Ladislav Jung serves as his deputy.

This is the first battlegroup from the Visegrad countries and it is currently on standby with the next rotation planned for 2019.

There are already about 15 active EU battlegroups that have been on standby since 2005. Each of them is comprised of units of almost four thousand soldiers which can be deployed within five to ten days to deal with a crisis situation, on any territory, at a distance of six thousand kilometers from Brussels.

By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

May 17, 2016