Written by Lt Col Mariusz PasiekaBackground
The training is led by the Polish Officers - Lt Col Mariusz Pasieka and Captain Piotr Ciećko from the National Movement Coordination Centre (NMCC) in Warsaw. This training has been ongoing for more than 10 months to date, focusing on all aspects of movement and transportation.
Training in Practice
After careful assessment of the route it was decided the helicopters could be towed by trucks on their own undercarriage. However the route presented sixteen major areas of concern, including flyovers, tunnels and severe bends in the road. The most difficult obstacle was the flyover at Laktaši, where the clearance between the helicopters and the flyover was as low as 5cm in places. The tunnels also proved to be extremely challenging as there where ceiling ventilators protruding in various positions. Additionally towing helicopters this distance meant the wheels, tyres and brakes had to be constantly monitored for increased temperature and wear.
Given the complexity of the task only two helicopters could be moved in a single convoy and the roads had to be closed to all other traffic resulting in the moves taking place between 0030 and 0530. The convoy also included a crane, ambulance and support vehicles with spare parts in case of any emergency.
The movement Commander for the operation was Major Milan Damjanić from the MCC of AFBiH, Doboj and he was supported by Lt Col Mariusz Pasieka. Having completed all four moves without incident the training delivered by EUFOR personnel has proven to be effective and the team can be rightly proud of their achievements
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