The Slovenia Times

Slovenian Soldiers Joining Biggest NATO Drill in Recent Years


The exercise will be based on a fictitious scenario involving fictitious states, but will take place on a real terrain that would represent a battleground.

It will join all components of the NRF - land, maritime and air component as well as special forces, and all NATO units which will form the NRF in 2014 will participate.

The exercise will feature a total of 6,000 soldiers from 20 NATO and partner countries, which makes it the biggest NATO exercise since 2006.

A Slovenian military police company with up to 100 members is expected to join in 2015 the Immediate Response Force (IRF), which is a part of the NRF, according to Colonel Klemen Medja, the head of the Joint Operations Division at the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces.

Slovenia has participated in the NRF since the fourth rotation in 2005. "Our first contribution was a platoon for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defence (CBRN)," Medja said.

The Slovenian Army also participates in other multinational units. Its longest tenure has been in a trilateral MLF brigade together with Italy and Hungary with the headquarters in Italy's Udine.

It is also included in the structure of the NATO Corps, with a light battalion group in the Rapid Deployable Italian Corps with HQ in Milan, Italy, and with a CBRN battalion, which is affiliated with the Multinational Corps Northeast (MNCNE), with HQ in Szczecin, Poland.


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