The Croatian Army has conducted live firing of the 122mm multiple rocket launcher system (MLRS) at the Eugen Kvaternik training range near Slunj.
The live firing was carried out as part of Exercise Vulkan 19/1, which evaluated the combat readiness of the Artillery Missile Regiment of the Croatian Army.
The regiment is the main component of Croatia’s 4th HRVCON, which is preparing to deploy with the US-led battlegroup to NATO ‘s Enhanced Forward Presence in Poland in April.
The exercise tested the contingent’s plans and personnel and logistics readiness. It also involved in-field assessment of the tactics, techniques and procedures in real life scenarios.
During testing, tasks such as operation order production, planning documents, command and control element set up, preparation for combat operations and fire support were displayed.
Additional capabilities demonstrated include force protection, maintenance, transport, medical support, as well as establishment and operation of CIS systems.
General Staff Evaluator Team head colonel Mijo Kožić said: “The evaluation featured a thorough implementation of Nato Combat Readiness Evaluation system, by the Croatian Army’s Evaluator Team reinforced by evaluators of the support command and of the military police regiment.
“The evaluation has demonstrated the compatibility of the Croatian Armed Forces’ system with the ACO ‘s standards. Our commendations go to the certified Creval evaluators for the hard work done, all documents have been properly prepared, in accordance with Nato regulations for the deployment of units to Enhanced Forward Presence.”
According to Croatian Army Training and Doctrine Command Evaluator Team head lieutenant colonel Karlo Krešić, personnel of the components of the 4th HRVCON to EFP BG-USA are combat ready.
Krešić said: “The contingent members have displayed high professionalism and commitment completing the tasks and shown they will dignifiedly represent the Republic of Croatia and its Armed Forces within the battlegroup in Poland.”