On Thursday 3 March 2016 the Armed Forces of BiH Barracks in Rajlovac, just outside Sarajevo, was once more the venue for an important EUFOR Exercise.
This time it was the turn of the EUFOR Multinational Battalion’s (MNBN) new Hungarian Company. The focus was a Liaison and Observation Team (LOT) House evacuation. The exercise scenario also included extensive use of Crowd and Riot Control (CRC) techniques. Following a threat from an angry and dangerous crowd, the Hungarian Company needed to take control of the situation to ensure a safe rescue of LOT House residents. After a successful evacuation, the exercise then required the Company to provide medical treatment to a wounded person who was subsequently air-lifted from the scene by a EUFOR helicopter.
This training exercise provided the opportunity to practice these important and relevant skills, and display the Hungarian Company’s capabilities and readiness in support of any such requirement. The Commanding Officer of the MNBN, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Vitovec said: “The given tasks were fulfilled positively by the Hungarian Company, especially the CRC techniques. The very fast acting evacuation is also very important in case of an emergency”. This exercise was the Hungarian Company’s final assessment in support of their full operational capability as part of EUFOR’s MNBN.