A military exercise was conducted on Wednesday at the Eugen Kvaternik compound in Slunj on the occasion of Distinguished Visitors Day within the Immediate Response 19 international military exercise, with the purpose of displaying combat abilities of artillery and anti-tank units and joint action.
On that occasion, Croatian Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic congratulated multi-national troops for excellent performance of manoeuvres and for demonstrating the power of togetherness, underscoring that he was impressed with their professionalism, dedicated work and adaptability.
"That's a guarantee of lasting security of the largest and most powerful alliance in the history of mankind and this exercise is the best possible celebration of the 10th anniversary of Croatia's membership to the NATO alliance," Krsticevic said.
He thanked the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, France, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Lithuania and Kosovo "for recognising the importance of implementing this joint training exercise and Croatian troops for the abilities presented."
Assessing that today's world is full of challenges, Krsticevic said that "noone is capable of facing the new security paradigm alone, hence it is especially important to build alliances and strengthen partnership with other countries and we showed that alliance with today's exercise," he said.
Chief-of-Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces, General Mirko Sundov and U.S. lieutenant general Christopher Cavoli who commands United States Army Europe (USAREUR), were among the guests on Distinguished Visitors Day.