On Monday 29th of June an Austrian platoon from the EUFOR Multinational Battalion (MNBN) conducted helicopter boarding training, exercising their ability to quickly move personnel to areas around Bosnia and Herzegovina. The platoon conducted a number of flights, practicing their facility to rapidly load equipment and transport themselves with the helicopter.

Austrian MNBN platoon conducts helicopter boarding training

Essential training

The capacity to move swiftly around Bosnia and Herzegovina is essential to EUFOR’s capacity to assist local authorities if required. Training like this enables the MNBN not only to sharpen their skills but also to gain knowledge of their surroundings and the time required to reach a location.

Ideal environment for practice

Austrian Warrant Officer Michael Zaller, Deputy Platoon leader said, ‘This training is very important as it should be a standard procedure for every soldier. The assets we have within Camp Butmir mean we have great opportunities to exercise this capability regularly’

Safe and secure environment

Alongside EUFOR’s central task, Capacity Building & Training of the AFBiH, EUFOR retains the ability to contribute to the Bosnia and Herzegovina authority’s deterrence capabilities if required.