The Training Range “Bemowo Piskie”n in Poland on 30 October 2019 hosted the handover ceremony between the 4th and 5th HRVCONs to NATO Enhanced Forward Presence).
The Commander of the 4th HRVCON Major Predrag Srđenović symbolically handed over the state flag to the Commander of the 5th HRVCON Major Marijan Žukina.
The handover ceremony was attended by the Croatian Ambassador to Poland, H. E. Tomislav Vidošević, by the Croatian Defence Attache to Poland Colonel Jugoslav Jozić, by the Commander of the 15th Polish Mechanised Brigade Brigadier General Iwanowski, by the Commander of the Battlegroup Lieutenant Colonel Mark P. O’Neill (USA), by the officials of the “Bemowo Piskie” Training Range and national representatives of Romania and the United Kingdom.
Colonel Jozić stressed that the engagement of the Croatian soldiers in NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence in Poland demonstrated solidarity with the allies and commitment to freedom.
“The Alliance binds us making us stronger” the Croatian forces in Poland have had the opportunity to train with international forces and enhance efficiency through interoperability. Colonel Jozić bid welcome to the 5th HRVCON and wished successful completion of their mission.
The Commander of the 4th HRVCON, Major Predrag Srđenović congratulated the members of the Contingent for the successful completion of the mission and for honourably representing Croatia throughout the deployment.
Having extended his congratulations to the 4th HRVCON for the successful engagement in EFP the Commander of the 5th HRVCON Major Marijan Žukina said the 5th HRVCON would follow their example and fulfill the tasks assigned to them.
The 5th HRVCON based in Poland belongs to one of four Battlegroups alongside the U.S. , the UK and Romanian troops within NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence, stationed in the east allies – Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland.
The 5th HRVCON to Poland is composed of 80 members, mostly members of the Artillery-Rocket Battalion of the Guards Armoured Mechanised Brigade of the Croatian Army, with Vulkan MLRS Battery, staff officers, a MP team and a NSE.