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Initial Operational Capabilities Reached

As 2006 came to a close the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic accomplished a crucial first step in their comprehensive reform, and their objective of eventulally achieving full operational capabilities, by reaching the first level of initial operational capabilities.

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This accomplishment of the initial operational capabilities was reported to President of the Czech Republic VAclav Klaus by Chief of the General Staff of Armed Forces of the Czech Republic General Pavel Stefka, at the Command Meeting of high ranking representatives of the Czech defence sector.

Operationally, initial operational capability means that the Brigade Task Force, which is based on the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade, is now able to be deployed with 3,000 personnel on a NATO operation, under the mandate of the United Nations, to a conflict resolution situation in a specified area of the world. The unit can be sustained on a deployment for 30 days without re-supply or the rotation of personnel.

The final readiness evaluation of the Brigade Task Force was at the STRONG CAMPAIGNER exercise in October, in which more than 4,500 personnel participated. The exercise was conducted at Hradiště and Boletice military training areas in the Czech Republic.

The Brigade Task Force is the Czech contribution to the NATO Strategic Concept to fulfil operational capabilities established by the NATO Task List.

Posted: December 28, 2006