Army starting three-week training with allied forces

Ljubljana – The Slovenian Armed Forces are starting two military exercises to train with members of allied forces on the ground and in the air in several parts of Slovenia until 23 September.

Training will be carried out during the day and at night in areas around the air base Cerkelje ob Krki (SE), the Poček training grounds (SW) and the mountains in the north-west.

The first exercise, Rock Kleščman, will feature up to 950 Slovenian and US soldiers training infantry combat procedures assisted by aircraft and mortars.

The second one, Triglav Star 21, will bring together around 300 members of the Slovenian, British and US soldiers and members of the NATO Centre of Excellence for Mountain Warfare from the Slovenian town of Bohinjska Bela in the Julian Alps.

It will largely take place in the Julian Alps and around Mt Stol in the Karavanke mountain range, the Slovenian Armed Forces said in a release.

The army said it would honour agreements with locals to keep activities at levels that should keep disturbance to the local population to a minimum.