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Multinational exercise held in Bosnia–Herzegovina

Text: Major László Nagy, First Lieutenant István Papp |  10:21 October 5, 2021

Exercise EUFOR Quick Response 2021 started in mid-September to test the quick reaction forces (QRF) and capabilities of the peacekeeping mission as well as the subunits of countries providing the Intermediate Reserve Forces (IRF). The exercise also involved the armed forces of Bosnia-Herzegovina (AFBiH) and representatives of the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA).


Led by Hungarian Chief of Staff Brigadier General Szilárd Gerőfi, the staff of HQ EUFOR was responsible for the preparation, planning, coordination and control of the exercise. The soldiers of the participating nations arriving from Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia joined the Austrian, Turkish and Hungarian subunits serving with the EUFOR Multinational Battalion (MNBN). KFOR, Greece and Switzerland delegated observers to the exercise.

The scenario of EUFOR Quick Response 2021 simulated a possible natural disaster and its impacts, during which the EUFOR units supported BiH authorities in restoring a safe and secure environment in Southern Bosnia-Herzegovina, which provided the participants with a wide variety of challenges and tasks.


Thanks to their thorough pre-deployment training, the varied force protection tasks, the escort of aid transport convoys and the VIP evacuation did not take the soldiers of the Hungarian infantry battalion by surprise. The operations designated for them were the guarding of weapons and munitions stores, the air and ground medical evacuation of the wounded, and providing security for cargo airlifts at Mostar International Airport.

1st October, the VIP Day of the exercise was attended, among others, by Hungarian Ambassador Krisztián Pósa and Military Attaché Lieutenant Colonel Attila Sándor. On this day, the subunits of participating nations demonstrated their capabilities during a spectacular dynamic display in Camp Butmir, Sarajevo. The interested visitors had opportunity to see their military equipment and vehicles close by during a static display.


The commander of the EUFOR Multinational Battalion highlighted and thanked the Hungarian troops under his control for their professional performance. The exercise ended with a battalion parade at the Closing Ceremony held on 2 October.