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Czech army to take part in 115 missions abroad in 2016

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Prague, Feb 29 (CTK) – The Czech army plans to have 115 military exercises abroad and organise 65 exercises on Czech territory this year, according to a report that the Chamber of Deputies has received from the government.

In 2016, the Czech army will take part in training in other European countries and in Canada, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Mongolia and the United States, among others.

Last year, Czech troops planned to participate in 132 exercises abroad and 68 at home.

The plan reflects the four priorities of the Czech military, namely preparation for deployment in missions, development of rapid reaction forces, enhancement of capabilities, and bilateral and regional cooperation, the government report says.

The report says the military exercises with foreign partners are a key instrument to achieve the required level of readiness of the forces to defend the Czech Republic and allies. The exercises are also a way of assuring the allies that the Czech military would meet the pledge of collective defence and of demonstrating NATO’s capabilities and resolution to protect the territories of its members.

A training of cooperation between the air forces of allied countries will be held in Germany. A training of commanders and specialists, especially from reconnaissance units in hard climate conditions, will take place in Mongolia.

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