Slovak and US troops train at Lešť

A SIMULATED operation against traffickers of dangerous materials at a train station was part of training exercises of Slovak and US soldiers at the Lešť military training facility in central Slovakia.

Black Hawk helicopter Black Hawk helicopter (Source: Sme)

The exercises of the joint military training that will last until March 14 are focused on tactics used in the battle against terrorism and the smuggling of dangerous materials across the borders of the European Union.

“This training exercise is also aimed at boosting the skills [of Slovak soldiers] for the certification of our special task forces, which is slated to take place towards the end of this year,” said Slovak Defence Ministry State Secretary Miloš Koterec, as cited by the TASR newswire, voicing his thanks for the opportunity to train alongside special forces from the US.

The US-Slovak joint military training exercise features over 100 members of US special task forces and some 50 soldiers from the Žilina-based 5th special task regiment. The soldiers involved are using four US UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, the purchase of which is being considered by the Slovak Armed Forces.

Commander of the 5th special task regiment Ľubomír Šebo praised the exercise and the use of the US helicopters.

“Slovak and US special units have been engaged in long-term cooperation in Afghanistan,” said Šebo. “Moreover, these operations also feature Black Hawk helicopters, which have been used in military training in Slovakia for the first time. This is a big advantage for us.”

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