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Croatian helicopter training centre opens

13th December 2019 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Croatia’s Multinational Special Aviation (MSAP) training centre formally opened at the Pukovnik Mirko Vukušić Barracks in Zemunik on 11 December.

The MSAP will train special forces crews to operate multi-purpose helicopters for non-conventional special forces tasks.

The centre will enable Croatian personnel to be trained in accordance with the NATO standards for enhanced interoperability.

The formal opening of the centre featured an exercise displaying an infiltration into a terrorist cell, which was conducted by the members of the Croatian Air Force and of the Special Forces Command. The Exercise concluded with a demonstration of vehicle interdiction capabilities with two Mi-171Sh helicopters and overwatch provided bv two OH-58D helicopters.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of the Republic of Croatia, Damir Krstičević, said: ‘It is of foremost  importance that Croatia is no longer alone; we are building new capabilities which are important for our country, for the Croatian armed forces and for NATO, and we are building our future together with the partners and allies.

‘I am proud that here at Zemunik, in Croatia the best pilots will be trained for special air force operations. The demonstration exercise conducted by the Croatian Air Force and by the Special Forces Command has showcased the power and the strength of the Croatian armed forces.’

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