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The development of Adriatic Strike 2023 is a clear demonstration of the Alliance's cohesion

On Thursday, 8 June, the 11th International Military Exercise Adriatic Strike 2023 was presented to the professional public at the Jernej Molan Barracks at Cerklje ob Krki Airport.

The presentation was attended by the State Secretary at the Ministry of Defence, Dr Damir Črnčec, the Commander of the Slovenian Armed Forces, Major General Roman Urbanč, the Commander of the Centre of Military Schools, Brigadier General Peter Zakrajšek, and representatives of the Slovenian Armed Forces and foreign militaries.

The participants were introduced by Colonel Janez Gaube, Commander of the 15th Military Aviation Regiment and the exercise leader. The exercise was followed by a presentation of the purpose, organisation, concept and conduct of the exercise by the exercise management. At the end of the presentation, the audience was addressed by the State Secretary at the Ministry of Defence, Dr Damir Črnčec. As the Secretary of State pointed out, the development of the exercise over the years and the large number of participants from many countries is also a clear demonstration of the strong cohesion and role of the Alliance. "In the light of the war with Ukraine, where Slovenia is also playing an important role in helping to fight the Russian aggressor, it is all the more important that we are united in the international environment. As we know in NATO, an attack on one member is an attack on all," said State Secretary Črnčec. He also recalled the investments in the modernisation and development of the Slovenian Armed Forces, which will, among other things, help us to fulfil our promises to the Alliance. "The past years have not been favourable for investments in the Slovenian Armed Forces, but I am convinced that better times are ahead. We are investing not only in infrastructure, but also in the development of SAF capabilities, including air defence."

At the end of his address, State Secretary Dr Črnčec once again recalled that the exercise is not only a great added value for Slovenia, but also for the NATO Alliance as a whole.

The visit to the Cerklje ob Krki airfield was concluded with a tour and presentation of the Divisional Training Command.

The exercise is attended by some 800 participants, including some 400 troops from 29 Allied and Partner countries: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, North Macedonia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. The event was held at the Headquarters of the European Command and Control Centre (ECC), where the participants took part in a visit and briefing.

Eight different types of helicopters from six countries and nine different types of aircraft from ten countries support the exercise, with a total of just over forty aircraft. The exercise, which ends on Friday 9 June, is organised and conducted by the 15th Military Aviation Regiment in cooperation with and with the support of other SAF units.