NATO Force Integration Unit Slovakia Shows Readiness During Slovak Shield 21 (Slovenský Štít 21)
NATO Force Integration Unit Slovakia Shows Readiness During Slovak Shield 21 (Slovenský Štít 21)

NATO Force Integration Unit Slovakia Shows Readiness During Slovak Shield 21 (Slovenský Štít 21)

On 1-24 June, Allies from across the NATO, including Czechia, Hungary, Poland and the United States, participate in the Slovak-led exercise Slovak Shield 21 (Slovenský Å tít), which is conducted on regular basis across Slovakia. The principal aim of this year’s iteration is to increase the level of training and interoperability between the Slovak Armed Forces and NATO Allies. NATO Force Integration Unit Slovakia (NFIU SVK) has supported the Reception, Staging and Onward Movement (RSOM) of the arriving troops.

Slovak Shield 21 (Slovenský Štít 21) inauguration ceremony
Slovak Shield 21 (Slovenský Štít 21) inauguration ceremony / Photo by Slovak Armed Forces

“So far, I am satisfied with the course of the exercise. Members of the Slovak Armed Forces have maintained a high level of professionalism. At the same time, the exercise brings us a lot of knowledge that will lead to systemic changes to increase our combat and mobilization readiness in response to the still complicated security situation in our area of interest,”said General Daniel Zmeko, the Chief of the General Staff of the Slovak Armed Forces.

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Allies deploying to Slovak Shield 21
Allies deploying to Slovak Shield 21 (Slovenský Štít 21)/ Photo by Slovak Armed Forces

On 4-8 June, NFIU SVK deployed their Mobile Liasons Teams in order to facilitate the Allied units’ arrival. Through their activities, NFIU SVK together with the Host Nation contributed to the smooth transit of multinational forces to the exercise site. The Mobile Liaison Teams have demonstrated the NFIU SVK constant readiness to support both Slovakia and NATO Allies. The first part of Slovak Shield 21 was conducted in a Command Post Exercise (CPX) format.

Hungarian soldiers preparing for live-fire drills during Slovak Shield (Slovenský Štít 21)
Hungarian soldiers preparing for live-fire drills during Slovak Shield (Slovenský Štít 21)/ Photo by Slovak Armed Forces

Executed on 9-12 June, the CPX portion saw the participation of the NFIU, the representatives of the General Staff of the Slovak Armed Forces and the National Movement Coordination Center. The CPX was focused on planning processes of defensive operations, and hence increased the readiness of national and Allied troops to ensure the collective security across this part of Europe. On 18-22 June, Slovak and multinational units will be working side-by-side on combined arms ranges and in conducting a live fire exercise, testing every Ally’s ability to function as one.

National flags of Allies participating in Slovak Shield 21  (Slovenský Štít 21)National flags of Allies participating in Slovak Shield 21 (Slovenský Štít 21) / Photo by Slovak Armed Forcescaption]

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