Croatian ISAF Troops Targeted By IEDs

8 03 2011

Source: MORH

On March 5th 2011, nine members of 16th Croatian ISAF contingent moving between two camps in the northern part of the country were targeted by an improvised explosive device (IED) placed along the road.

According to Croatian authorities, none of the members of the Croatian OMLT team were injured, nor did the IED damage the MRAP’s being used by the members of the Croatian Armed Forces in Afghanistan.

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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





Pictures: 14th Slovenian ISAF Contingent Arrives in Afghanistan

3 11 2010

On Friday, 21 October, the main body of the 14th Slovenian ISAF Contingent arrived at US base in Shindad, western Afghanistan. They moved to Shindad from Herat to join the contingent’s advance party. Before their arrival, they took over duties from the 13th Slovenian Contingent and in the following days, before they assume the mentorship of the Afghan National Army (ANA), they will acquaint themselves with the unit and the area of responsibility.

With the final phase of training in early November, the 14th Slovenian Contingent will verify its readiness to assume mentorship within the area of responsibility.

The 14th Slovenian Contingent is composed of 88 members from different Slovenian Armed Forces units, and two civilian experts who will provide mentorship for members of ANA infantry battalion and combat support battalion. In addition, they will support and protect Operational Mentor and Liaison Teams (OMLT) and provide national logistic support. The contingent will operate as part of ISAF commands and the Regional Command West Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT). The OMLT and the support unit also include 11 members of the National Guard Colorado.

For its operation, the 14th Slovenian Contingent will use four 8×8 Svarun Middle Wheeled Armoured Vehicles, three 6×6 Valuk Light Wheeled Armoured Vehicles and eight 4×4 Hummer Light Wheeled Armoured Vehicles.  The main body of the contingent is stationed at a US base in Shindad, western Afghanistan, while some servicemembers work at Camp Arena and Camp Stone in Herat, and at ISAF Command in Kabul.

Source: Slovenian Ministry of Defence
Picture source: via MyCity-Military.com Forums
 

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Afghanistan: Montenegrian soldiers leave for ISAF mission

9 03 2010

Tanjug reported today that an infantry platoon of 25 Montenegrin soldiers will be joining Hungarian and Croatian PRT in Pol-e Khomri Afghanistan today.

Headed by two officers in regional command and one logistics officer the Montenegrians are also sending a three person medical team.

Here is a number of video’s of Montenegrian TV covering preparations for the deployment:

Note: Looks like they’re wearing something similar to MuliCam. More pics here: LINK








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