Clarke: Commander of EUFOR impressed with Parachute Regiment and Vehicles


The Commander of EUFOR, Major General Reinhard Trischak joined up for a ride with some of the quick-reaction forces who are in the country for Exercise Quick Response 2020.

Soldiers from the UK, A Company 3Para showed COM EUFOR around the vehicle before whisking him around the airfield and explained how they had been using it during the Exercise. The UK Company Commander, Major Shaun Clarke said, “COM EUFOR was impressed with the vehicle’s capabilities and how the Parachute Regiment had used it during our time in Čapljina.”

“EUFOR troops have been deployed right across BiH over the last week on Exercise Quick Response 2020 as part of Operation Althea. Considering the challenges that a global pandemic has brought this year, the deployment of a Multinational Battalion together with over-the-horizon troops demonstrates our absolute commitment. Our commitment is to the safe and secure environment in BiH and we commit to continue to work with our close partners within the AFBiH and the Law Enforcement Agencies of the country. Our true resolve has been validated by the fact that we have successfully conducted Exercise Quick Response 2020 safely under such challenging circumstances,” is stated by the EUFOR Chief Commander Major General Reinhard Trischak.

What EUFOR troops have demonstrated here today and throughout this week is their professional ability to work together in difficult situations to fulfil the EUFOR mandate. Cooperation and collaboration have been the foundations to the success of this Exercise and absolutely proves that EUFOR functions well, whatever the situation.

EUFOR’s Exercise Quick Response 2020 takes place right across BiH from 30th August – 5th September.

Every year EUFOR tests contingency plans and the capability of designated high-readiness forces outside the country to fulfill its mandate. The rehearsal also reaffirms and strengthens the close cooperation we have with local authorities, Law Enforcement Agencies and the Armed Forces of BiH.

This summer, we have selected forces from Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, the United Kingdom and KFOR to join the troops in theatre. 20 nations united under EUFOR Command clearly demonstrates our continued commitment to security, stability and progress in BiH.

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