During a working visit to the Croatian Navy at the "Admiral Sveto Letica-Barba" barracks in the second Croatian city of Split on Thursday, Defence Minister Mario Banozic commented on the upcoming Defence Strategy of Croatia and Long-Term Development Plan of the Croatian Armed Forces.
Thanking the members of the Croatian Navy (HRM) for impeccably carrying out their duties, the defence minister said that the Croatian government would continue to pursue a policy of strengthening the capabilities of the Croatian Armed Forces.
He noted that many measures had been adopted with regard to the improvement of the material rights and living and working conditions of soldiers, non-commissioned officers and officers, and that since 2016 the salaries of active military personnel had been rising continuously every year, the Defence Ministry said.
Banozic said that amendments to the law regulating the service in the Croatian Army introduced the first, two-year fixed-term, contract for sailors and soldiers and after that the next contract as permanent one.
“The new solution provides job safety and the possibility of life planning with all the rights related to permanent employment. In 2020 and 2021, 70 sailors were employed in this way,” the defence minister said.
He also underscored significant investments in the Croatian Armed Forces, such as the procurement of multi-purpose fighter jets and the Black Hawk helicopters for the Croatia Air Force, Bradley fighting vehicles for the Croatian Ground Army, and the construction of patrol vessels for the Croatian Navy.
Patrol vessels will improve the ability to monitor and protect the rights and interests of Croatia at sea, the minister said.