“Peace Shield 2019” Conducted in Bulboaca
CHISINAU, June 20, 2019 — “Peace Shield 2019” Exercise is conducted at the National Army Military Training Center from Bulboaca, during June
According to commander of the exercise, Col. Ruslan Cojocaru, the training brings together over 400 National Army service members of “Moldova”, “Stefan cel Mare”, “Dacia” Brigades and the 22nd Peacekeeping Battalion and a platoon of 30 service members of the Romanian Army.
The source specified that the exercise is based on a fictional scenario including tactics, techniques, and procedures typical for current theaters of operations and aims to fulfill the training objectives that are specific for peacekeeping missions.
During the Distinguished Visitors Day, which was organized today in the framework of the exercise, Minister of Defense Pavel Voicu mentioned that “Peace Shield” is not only a training exercise for the National Army personnel, but it is also a verification test for our subunits in compliance with Operational Capabilities Concept (OCC) which is a mandatory condition for participation in foreign peacekeeping operations.
“The National Army service members have been training for these tests for a long time — almost 2 months — investing the experience gained in theaters of operations and training areas from our country. I express my conviction that the evaluators who have come to the Republic of Moldova in order to test the National Army subunits will give a good mark to our soldiers and will appreciate their professional skills and training,” said Pavel Voicu.
The Minister of Defense appreciated the performance of all the soldiers participating in the planning and organization of “Peace Shield”- those from the Romanian Army and the National Army subdivisions.
Minister Voicu thanked the international experts-evaluators who tested the readiness of the soldiers at the training area during the current week.
“Peace Shield 2019” is also organized in order to test the National Army subunits in compliance with the Operational Capabilities Concept (OCC).
This year, there are assessed two motorized infantry companies from “Moldova” and “Dacia” Brigades by 71 international evaluators from 22 countries: Norway, Azerbaijan, Germany, Moldova, Romania, Georgia, Ukraine, Austria, Finland, Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Great Britain, Qatar, Italy, Canada, USA, North Macedonia, Sweden, and Jordan.
The Operational Capabilities Concept is a cooperation tool within the Partnership for Peace Program designed to implement Western standards in the training and evaluation of declared subunits. OCC offers the Republic of Moldova the opportunity to participate in multinational peacekeeping operations.
OCC certification is a mandatory condition for National Army’s participation in peacekeeping missions, including KFOR in Kosovo. So far, the Republic of Moldova has deployed 11 contingents to this operation.
The National Army has joined OCC in 2007.
In 2012, for the first time, an infantry company of the 22nd Peacekeeping Battalion and an engineer team of “Codru” Engineer Battalion were certified to participate in international peacekeeping operations in compliance with the OCC.