Lieutenant General Salvatore FARINA meets the Commander of the Croatian Army.
Cooperation and interoperability between the Italian and Croatian Army: more together!
The Chief of Staff of the Italian Army, Lieutenant General Salvatore FARINA met the Croatian military leaders in a two-day visit to Croatia.
The Chief of Staff, received on his arrival by the Deputy Defense Officer in Vienna, Colonel Angelo Malizia, joined the Croatian Army HQ in Karlovac where he met the Army Commander, Major General Siniša Jurković, and where he received a overall explanation of the tasks and activities of the Croatian forces.
Then, Lieutenant General Farina went to the "LTC Predrag Matanovic" Barracks in Petrinja where, welcomed by the Brigade Commander and the two battalions, he visited the structure and had the presentation of MTV and PATRIA weapons, equipment and vehicles, focusing on the use of the PATRIA simulator and its Remote Control Station.
The Chief of Staff, underlining the importance of training at all levels, of the development and implementation of the simulation sector, congratulated the staff for the excellent work done in order to make the exercise scenarios more and more suited and adherent to the reality in which the military personnel must operate.
Duting the second day of the visit, Lieutenant Genarl Farina went to the residence of the Ambassador of Italy in Zagreb where he met H.E. Amb. Pierfrancesco Sacco and other Croatian civil and military authorities including: the Vice President of Parliament, the President of the Parliamentary Defense Commission, the President of the Sabor Foreign Commission, the Deputy Commander Croatian Army and the Head of the International Security and Defense Cooperation Sector.
The meeting, held in an atmosphere of cordiality, allowed a useful exchange of views on issues of mutual interest and on the importance of developing specific collaborations in areas where the Italian Army has a significant professionalism.
At the end of the visit, the Chief of Staff expressed appreciation for the mutual cooperation relationship between the two Armed Forces, emphasizing an increase in training activities, interoperability and, the will to proceed with a further consolidation of the collaborations between the two armies.
The relationship between the two countries is reflected today in a significant collaboration like, for example, the Defense Cooperation Initiative (DECI) and the Multinational Land Force (MLF), where Croatia plays the role of "observer" and, not least, in the interest shown towards the newly-formed Multinational Division South (MND-S) with headquarters in Florence.