Macedonian SOF and MP’s Return from Afghanistan

29 11 2010

The Army of the Republic of Macedonia contingent that was part of the ISAF task force “PHOENIX” mission in Afghanistan, returned to Macedonia via special military transport courtesy of the US Air Force.

Returning from Afghanistan were 79 members of the Macedonian Special Operations Regiment and the Military Police Battalion who carried out the tasks together with members of the Vermont National Guard and the US Army.

The Macedonians were deployed in the south-eastern and northern parts of Afghanistan.

Source: Macedonian Ministry of Defence





Croatia Loans Three Howitzers to NATO Training Center in Germany

10 11 2010

Afghan National Army D-30 Howitzer - Wikipedia

The Croatian Ministry of Defence has loaned three of its 122-mm D-30 howitzers for Afghan Army training activities in the Joint Multinational Training Centre in Hohenfels in Germany.
 
As the Afghan National Army (ANA) uses D-30 howitzers the centre identified a need that ISAF operational mentor teams be trained in the handling and effective use of this type of weapon. Since the centre in Hohenfels did not have these weapons a request to the Croatian Armed Forces was sent. 

The three howitzers that were sent were not taken from a Croatian operational unit but from the reserves. Croatia loaned the howitzers free of charge, for a period of one year, with possibility of extension. The Croatian government identified this as Croatia’s  further contribution to the ISAF peacekeeping operation in Afghanistan.

Background

The D-30, or 122-mm howitzer D-30 (GRAU index 2A18), is a Soviet howitzer that first entered service in the 1960s. It is a relatively light and handy weapon despite being heavy enough for sustained long range fire in the field. The D-30 has a maximum range of 15.4 kilometers, or over 21 km using RAP ammunition.

Source: Croatian Ministry of Defence








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