The main body of Slovenian eFP contingent successfully completes readiness establishment process
Members of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defence Battalion which forms the main body of Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF) contingent in enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) mission in Latvia, successfully completed the process establishing their readiness. The verification took place at Peter Petrič barracks, Edvard Peperko barracks, Slovenska Teritorialna obramba barracks and at Strmica training field. The examination and verification procedures confirmed the readiness and manning of the platoon, both personnel-wise and logistics-wise, as well as its qualification to perform collective tasks.
The preparation activities of the Slovenian contingent follow the operational plan and the planned schedule. The contingent will thus fully join the Canadian battalion in the second half of June as planned and announced. On 19 June, members of the Slovenian contingent will take part in the formation of all forces deployed in Latvia.
By participating in the eFP operation, Slovenia demonstrates its support to the enhancement of NATO’s comprehensive and credible deterrence posture. It is the Alliance’s way of responding to a substantially changed security environment, dynamics, and risks on its eastern flank. This provides the most exposed eastern allies, which feel threatened and have asked for NATO’s assistance, with additional security measures. Other allied nations have offered solidarity assistance. Slovenia has committed to participate in the mission with a platoon-level contingent of up to 50 members (the first contingent includes 47 SAF members) with additional elements. The core of the first two 6-month rotations is composed of a multi-purpose CBRN Defence Platoon. SAF members will take part in peacetime activities, which include exercises, training activities and other peacetime activities aimed at providing and maintaining NATO’s comprehensive and defence posture.
Its participation in the mission also contributes to greater interoperability with allied forces, greater competence and skills as well as to enhanced readiness and combat capability of SAF members and units. The operation has a strong deterrence message that the Alliance will respond where and when needed and that any aggression against any allied nation will be deterred using an adequate joint military response.