Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:38:34 +0000 en hourly 1 Consultări moldo-suedeze în domeniul apărării la Stockholm Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHIŞINĂU, 23 martie 2018 — O delegaţie a Ministerului Apărării a efectuat, în perioada 21-23 martie curent, o vizită de lucru la Stockholm, unde a participat la consultările moldo-suedeze în domeniul apărării.

În cadrul şedinţelor, reprezentanţii Direcţiei politică de apărare şi planificare a apărării şi Direcţiei cooperare internaţională a Ministerului Apărării din Republica Moldova şi cei din structurile de cooperare internaţională ale instituţiei de apărare a Regatului Suediei au discutat despre procesul de reformare a sectorului de apărare în ţara noastră, progresul şi perspectivele la acest capitol, precum şi stabilirea unor noi direcţii de cooperare.

În acest sens, discuţiile s-au focusat pe domeniul învăţământului militar şi ştiinţe, prin organizarea activităţilor ştiinţifice comune, stabilirea cooperării între Academia Militară a Forţelor Armate „Alexandru cel Bun” şi Institutul Naţional de cercetare în domeniul Apărării din Suedia. Părţile au abordat şi posibilităţile de susţinere de către Suedia a obiectivului de intensificare a participării Armatei Naţionale în operaţiuni internaţionale de pacificare.

Un aspect important al consultărilor l-a constituit participarea Republicii Moldova la implementarea Rezoluţiei Consiliului de Securitate al ONU 1325 „Femeile, Pacea şi Securitatea” şi Programului în domeniul armelor de calibru mic/ușor și a stocurilor de muniții (SALW) şi sprijinul acordat de Suedia în realizarea angajamentelor asumate în acest sens.

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Tactical Exercise Conducted in Bulboaca (video) Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova

CHISINAU, March 22, 2018 — The service members of “Stefan cel Mare” Brigade conducted shooting drills within a tactical exercise organized at the National Army Military training base from Bulboaca. The event was attended by Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza and representatives of the National Army Commanding Officer Corps.

Eugen Sturza appreciated the level of training of the 70 conscripts and service members participating in the exercise. The military proved that well-trained troops are the result of training and exercises and, not the least, dedication.

Minister Sturza added that, in the context of the initiative of professionalizing the National Army that has been recently launched, the service members will be engaged in different national and international exercises, because high performances can be achieved only through intensive practical actions on training areas.

According to Maj. Dumitru Parfeni, main specialist within the General Staff, the exercises aimed to assess the level of combat readiness of two of the unit’s batteries.

The source specified that the shooting drills were conducted using artillery weapons of 120 mm caliber, 2S9 NONA, at a firing distance of 2.5 km, as well as anti-air weapons ZU-23-2 of the National Army.

The exercise is organized in compliance with the Combat readiness plan for 2018.

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The Czech Ambassador Visits the National Army Topographic Center Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, March 22, 2018 — Ambassador of the Czech Republic in the Republic of Moldova, Zdeněk Krejčí, and the Czech deputy military attaché, Maj. Petr Šimak, paid a fact-finding visit to the National Army Topographic Center.

During the visit, the institution’s commander, LTC Eugeniu Marit, informed the Czech officials about the missions of the Military Geoinformational Service and the topo-geodesy and cartography activities conducted by National Army specialists.

The talks also included the possibility for the geoinformational services of Czechia and Moldova to start cooperating in the military cartography sector through exchange of experience and training.

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Ammunition Stockpile Management Studied Within a Regional Workshop Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, March 19, 2018 — The Ministry of Defense, together with Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), is organizing, for the first time, a Regional Workshop on Ammunition Stockpile Management, within March 19-23, 2018.

According to LTC Alexandru Arapan, main specialist of the Logistics Directorate of the General Staff, the activity if organized with the support of the Swiss Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport and aims to familiarize the participants with the best international practices of ammunition stockpile management which are to be implemented in order to decrease the risk of explosion at ammunition depots.

The source mentioned that the workshop is attended by military from the National Army, as well as representatives from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Tajikistan, and Ukraine who are responsible for the management of weapons and ammunition depots.

LTC Arapan specified that the workshop’s program includes topics regarding the causes of uncontrolled explosions at depots, the conditions of ammunition storage and transportation, as well as techniques of identifying obsolete ammunition in the countries affected by anti-personnel mines, cluster ammunitions and other explosive remnants of war (ERW).

The Regional Workshop on Ammunition Stockpile Management is organized in the framework of the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia regional cooperation programme implemented by GICHD.

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Minister of Defense Pays a Working Visit to Comrat Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, March 16, 2018 — Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza paid a working visit to Comrat where he met with representatives of public authorities from Autonomous Territorial Unit Gagauz Yeri, staff responsible for enlistment, and local citizens.

The visit’s goal was to strengthen the dialogue between the Ministry of Defense and the Autonomy’s public authorities and to identify new cooperation opportunities.

The talks included topics regarding the streamlining of the process of enlistment in the National Army of young men from Gagauzia and ways of solving the problems of military reserve members from the region.

The Minister of Defense assured that the defense institution is concerned about the quality of enlistment in the National Army and creation of appropriate conditions for conscripts. Thus, Eugen Sturza mentioned that the military units’ infrastructure, including “Dacia” Brigade from Cahul, where the local young men are enlisted, will be enhanced by repairing the barracks and training buildings.

Minister Sturza said that, this year, the soldiers will be engaged in more practical activities and exercises at the Training centers in order to obtain a better military training.

Eugen Sturza also added that the Ministry of Defense will launch information campaigns to raise awareness about the military service and to promote the image of the National Army in the south.

Regarding the problems mentioned by the members of the reserve, the Minister of Defense stated that they will be analyzed and, as far as possible, solved.

While in Comrat, the Minister of Defense visited the Military-territorial center and observed the activity of the subdivision’s staff.

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Military Diplomats Visit “Stefan cel Mare” Brigade Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, March 16, 2018 — The defense attaches appointed to the Republic of Moldova paid today a fact-finding visit to “Stefan cel Mare” Brigade from Chisinau.

During the visit, the 16 military diplomats from Romania, Ukraine, USA, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Germany, Lithuania, and the OSCE Mission to the Republic of Moldova were informed about the Brigade’s structure, role, and missions, the training goals for this year, and the external activities in which the unit’s staff will participate.

The attaches also familiarized themselves with the infrastructure of “Stefan cel Mare” Brigade and the unit’s military vehicles and weaponry.

According to Col. Anatolie Zavtur, head of Strategic Planning Directorate of the General Staff, the visit was organized at the request of the military attaches corps and aimed to strengthen the military bilateral relations.

In February, a similar visit was paid to the 22nd Peacekeeping Battalion.

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Shooting Drills in Balti, Cahul, and Chisinau Garrisons Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, March 15, 2018 — The conscripts enlisted in the National Army in January, 2018 are conducting shooting drills at the military training centers from Balti, Cahul, and Chisinau garrisons within March 13-15.

According to deputy commander of the National Army, Col. Eduard Ohladciuc, the shooting drills are part of the Initial training course and aim to test the theoretical knowledge and the skills acquired by the soldiers during the eight weeks of training.

The source specified that the almost 400 soldiers from “Moldova”, “Stefan cel Mare” and “Dacia” Brigades, as well as from the Guard Battalion are shooting using infantry weapons of the military units.

The actions are carried out in compliance with the Combat readiness plan for 2018.

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Tribute to National Army Women Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, March 7, 2018 — Today, the Center of Military History and Culture, together with the City hall of Center district of Chisinau, organized the event “De dragul tau, femeie!” (For you, dear woman) dedicated to the International Women’s Day.

Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza congratulated the women from the National Army and from Chisinau who attended the event and mentioned that this kind of actions shows the efficient cooperation between local public authorities and the defense institution.

“Each time, it is a pleasure to be by your side — those who are part of our team, of the army, but also those from the central district of Chisinau. This means that the army and the city hall go hand in hand, a cooperation which is an example for other local public administrations”, said Eugen Sturza.

The Minister of Defense also appreciated the women’s contribution to the development and functioning of the army. “For me, dear ladies, you are the heart and soul of the National Army. I thank you for your service and wish you to be healthy and to enjoy your work. I trust your potential and I am sure that together we will contribute to the modernization of the Army of the Republic of Moldova!”, specified Minister Sturza.

The event included the opening of the exhibition “Fantezii de primavara” (Spring Fantasies) by painter Mihai Mungiu. The Center of Military History and Culture also organized a concert presenting pop and folk singers and bands from our country.

The women are representing 27% of the National Army staff. They work in the fields of medicine, communications, law, logistics, accountancy, topography, and public affairs.

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Activities Conducted by Contingent KFOR-8 in Three Months of Mandate Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, March 7, 2018 — The National Army contingent deployed to the peacekeeping operation KFOR in Kosovo is carrying out missions in the area of responsibility.

According to contingent’s Commander, Maj. Ruslan Varivanov, during the three months in Kosovo, the Moldovan service members have been ensuring the security of strategic importance facilities including “Camp Villaggio Italia” base from Pech village and conducted patrol missions in the region.

The source specified that, in this period, the Moldovan peacekeepers were trained by their Italian, American, Slovenian, and Austrian partners on medical evacuation, crowd control, and engineer research within specialized courses.

The National Army officers and NCOs also learned wrestling techniques and conducted shooting drills together with service members from other contingents.

KFOR-8 contingent left for Kosovo in December, 2017. The contingent consists of 40 professional service members.

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The Republic of Moldova and Lithuania Sign a New Defense Cooperation Plan Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, March 6, 2018 — The Cooperation Plan between the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Moldova and the Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Lithuania for 2018 was signed today by LTC Tatiana Ionel, chief of International Cooperation Directorate, and Karolis Aleksa, head of International Relations and Operations Department.

The document includes joint actions in sectors that are important for the two military institutions, such as: training, finance, and logistics.

Also today, the Lithuanian delegation met with State Secretary for defense policy and international cooperation, Dumitru Minzarari. The officials talked about the priorities of the cooperation agenda of the two armies for 2018, the achievements in implementing the Defense Capacity Building Initiative (DBCI), as well as the identification of tools and mechanisms through which Lithuania could contribute to this initiative.

The Moldovan-Lithuanian defense cooperation was established in November, 2000.

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