NATO evaluates Serbian forces
NATO Evaluators watch Serbian forces conduct training. (Courtesy Photo)
BELGRADE - A two-week exercise with NATO evaluators
and Serbian forces was completed on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at the Borovac training field in
The aim of the exercise was to take stock of Serbian forces
level of readiness and interoperability within multinational missions and
operations, in accordance with NATO standards.
More than 60 evaluators from different NATO
commands, including Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Naples (Italy), Land
Command Izmir (Turkey), and Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum
(Netherlands), as well as from Allied and partner countries including Serbia,
Canada, France, Germany, Montenegro, Norway, Romania, United States, Austria,
Bosnia & Herzegovina and Ireland, evaluated the levels of readiness and
interoperability of more than 250 members of the Serbian Armed Forces (SAF).
These included a general support engineering company, a light infantry company,
a military police platoon, and a Chemical, Biological, Radiological platoon.
French Army Lieutenant Colonel Benoit Estour and
Lieutenant Colonel Yves-Marie Denat, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, led the evaluation teams, during the first and second week, respectively. "The Serbian units were well organised, prepared and demonstrated
their mission, while displaying unit motivation and utmost professionalism,”
said Estour. The evaluation process was conducted through the
use of a NATO programme called NATO’s Operational Capabilities Concept Evaluation
and Feedback. This programme is open to all NATO partners included in the
following partnership frameworks: the Partnership for Peace, the Mediterranean
Dialogue, and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative.
NATO’s Operational Capabilities Concept Evaluation
and Feedback programme is designed to improve the ability of forces from NATO
partners to operate together. It has been used in Serbia since 2011. It has
contributed to the further development of Serbian forces and has provided a
framework through which Serbian forces have increased their ability to meet the
Alliance’s military standards, so as to be able to participate in peacekeeping
missions around the globe under the UN and the EU AEGIS.