Chief of MLO participates in NATO evaluation of Serbian units
Chief of NATO Military Liaison Office Italian Army Brig. Gen. Lucio Batta paid a visit to Shield-14 exercise in South Base at which nine evaluators from NATO and partner countries evaluated the capabilities of the Serbian Armed Forces’ declared units for participation in EU and UN peacekeeping missions.
A three-day exercise was conducted from Sept. 9-12 and involved more than 250 Serbian soldiers from infantry, military police, and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear units, who simulated a real operation scenario in English, using NATO tactical procedures.
Chief of NATO Military Liaison Office Belgrade Brig. Gen. Lucio Batta commended the skills demonstrated by the units subject to evaluation. "Serbia can rely on NATO expertise in the future to continue reforming its defense system and armed forces,” he said.
Shield-14 marked the final stage of evaluation of the Serbian Armed Forces’ declared units that was launched in April 2011 within the Operational Capabilities Concept (OCC) of the Partnership for Peace. The OCC is designed to improve interoperability and capabilities of partner forces and ensure that they are combat ready by NATO standards to participate in any international mission.