Distinguished Visitor Day at “Platinum Wolf 19” Exercise
Monday, 17.6.2019 | Training
Today, at the “South” Base near Bujanovac, in the presence of the Chief of the General Staff of the Serbia Armed Forces, General Milan Mojsilović, the Commander of the Land Forces, Lieutenant General Milosav Simović and US Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia Kyle Scott, Senior Commander Day at the multinational military exercise “Platinum Wolf 19” including 500 participants from 10 partner countries took place.
At the sixth “Platinum Wolf” Exercise in addition to the host – the Serbian Armed Forces, members of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Northern Macedonia, the United States of America, Slovenia and the United Kingdom also took part. So far, more than 2.000 members from 15 partner countries participated in these exercises, organized by the Fourth Battalion of the Land Forces.
The aim of the exercise, which takes place 3-17 June, is to train partner countries to participate in multinational peacekeeping operations.
Following the demonstration, Colonel Slađan Stamenković, Exercise Commander said that over the last 15 days the soldiers and senior officers from 10 partner countries were trained at the “Borovac” training grounds in the tactics, techniques and procedures applied in multinational operations.
- At the exercise, 502 persons participated, of which 257 were members of foreign Armed Forces. For the first time, one unit from the Italian Armed Forces participated in the exercise. Everyone demonstrated great professionalism. The experiences and knowledge they gained here are enormous, and members of the Serbian Armed Forces have shown that they can participate on equal terms in multinational operations alongside the members of the Armed Forces of other countries, thus contributing to world peace. All the objectives of the exercise were fully realized – Colonel Stamenković said.
According to Ambassador Scott, the Platinum Wolf exercise is getting better over the years, and the scenario of the exercise is based on realistic situations in which peacekeepers can find themselves.
- Peacekeeping forces must practice interoperability, they must know how to work together and learn from each other in short term. We have seen a scenario that includes many things that can happen in such missions – Ambassador Scott said, adding that the South base has been transformed into one of the bases that serve as an example for training peacekeeping forces in Europe.
The Commander of the Fourth Brigade of the Land Forces, Brigadier General Slobodan Stopa, and the Chief of the Training and Doctrine Department of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces, Brigadier General Željko Petrović, also attended the High Officials Day.