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Ready for Task Execution!

Text: HDF Defence Staff Strategic and Communications Directorate | Photo: NFIU HUN |  14:22 May 15, 2024

After three years, the NATO Force Integration Unit – Hungary (NFIU HUN) has reached “Excellent” grade again: after 2021, it gave an outstanding professional performance again during the validation exercise Precise Reception 2024.

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Established in Székesfehérvár in 2016, the mission of the organization is to support the Reception, Staging and Onward Movement (RSOM) of Alliance forces, in particular to facilitate the rapid and effective deployment of the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF). The NATO Force Integration Unit – Hungary (NFIU HUN) participates in the planning of collective defence tasks and also plays a key role in the preparation and execution of NATO exercises held in Hungary. Besides the Hungarians, the representatives of ten nations at the unit are German, Italian, Lithuanian, Spanish, US, Slovakian, Polish, Bulgarian and Romanian troops, who serve in a multinational environment with English as the working language.

Every exercise is preceded by a long and thorough preparatory phase so that it can really test and develop those capabilities that are essential for the core function and the development of the given military organization. Training can never be conducted routinely, and this is all the more so in the case of an international unit where the personnel are fully rotated in regular periods, every three or four years – like it has happened since the latest exercise.

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The Hungarian Defence Forces have provided full support to Exercise Precise Reception, with multiple organizations drawing up the MEL/MIL list, which was used to evaluate the response capability of the NATO element in a fictitious but realistic scenario. The military organization had been working for more than a year to be able to meet all preconditions and necessary requirements. The so-called incidents encompassed the whole operational spectrum of the NFIU HUN, including logistic issues for the most part, but the CIS specialists and legal advisors also had an important role. The international organization has given an excellent professional performance and achieved its collective success as a team.

The NATO Force Integration Unit is a proof of the Hungarian Defence Forces’ commitment to NATO, and the valuation exercise shows the preparedness of those serving there.

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