Slovak Defence Minister Ľubomír Galko opened the NATO Ordnance Disposal Centre of Excellence in Trenčín in the presence of several ambassadors on Tuesday, May 17.
“We cannot stop seeking ways to foresee attacks and prevent killings and injuries caused by explosions – not only in the case of military units, but also affecting civilians,” he said, as quoted by the SITA newswire. The Trenčín centre will train soldiers to deal with explosive devices and is NATO’s 16th certified high-level training and research centre. It took about six years to build. It should provide both theoretical and practical training for bomb disposal experts. Its consultants will prepare specialists and commanders focused on working with explosive devices.
The centre will serve all NATO states: currently, soldiers from Finland are taking part in a 3-week training course there. The Trenčín centre will also administer a detailed database of all knowledge in the field.
Centres of excellence are financed by individual countries as part of NATO’s solidarity-based defence policy. NATO members started building centres of excellence after a 2002 summit; the first was established in 2005 in Germany, focused on the air force. Each centre specialises in a specific military field.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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18. May 2011 at 14:00