1996 to 2000


The first Slovenian military patrol boat Ankaran 21 was christened in August 2015.
In 1996, Ankaran 21 was the largest vessel to exercise control in Slovenian port water area.
NATO mission AFOR Allied Harbour was the first engagement of the Slovenian Armed Forces in international military interventions and joint operations.
Slovenian Armed Forces members participated in mission AFOR between 14 May and 28 June 1997.
Prior to their deployment to mission ALBA, Slovenian Armed Forces members were addressed by the then President of the Republic of Slovenia Milan Kučan.
Between 20 November and 2 December 1998, the first international military exercise Cooperative Adventure Exchange 98 (CAE 98) was organised on the territory of the Republic of Slovenia.

In 1998, this was one of the largest NATO exercises, which was for the first time conducted outside NATO member states.
Exercise CAE 98 included 5,500 participants, namely over 4,000 from NATO countries, 280 from PfP countries, and 1,210 members of the Slovenian Armed Forces.
First Pilatus aircraft were supplied as early as in 1995.
The project of upgrading the Pilatus PC9 – Hudournik aircraft concluded in November 1998.
Combat shooting drill with Pilatus PC9 – Hudournik aircraft
In 1996, the Slovenian Armed Forces introduces Israeli 155mm howitzers TN90 into operational service.

Combat shooting drill with Pilatus PC9 – Hudournik
In September 1997, the Slovenian Armed Forces participates in a UN mission for the first time by deploying servicemembers to Cyprus.