Ministry of National Defence
Information and Public Relations Directorate
No.71 - 08 March 2016
Opening Ceremony of the Romanian-Canadian Exercise at Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base
The opening ceremony of the Romanian-Canadian Exercise conducted at the Military Air Base in Mihail Kogălniceanu, Constanța County, took place on Monday, March 7, in the presence of the chief of General Staff, General Nicolae Ciucă, the Ambassador of Canada to Bucharest, Ms. Joanne Lemay, and the commander the Canadian 1st Division, Major General Dean Milner.
General Ciucă wished the participants in the exercise good luck and highlighted the importance of the cooperation between the military of Romania and Canada at the level of all threee military services.
"The training activities planned for this year will focus on rehearsing joint procedures in the training facilities we have at our disposal, while maintaining a constant presence of NATO troops at the South-Eastern border of the Alliance”, the chief of General Staff said.
General Nicolae Ciucă emphasized that about 120 multinational exercises are planned for this year, both at home and abroad, and thanked NATO and partner armed forces for the decision to participate in the exercises conducted in Romania. “I congratulate our troops for their dedication and professionalism in preparing these missions", the chief of General Staff said.
About 200 troops of the Romanian Air Force and MiG-21 LanceR aircraft and IAR-330 Puma helicopters will conduct specific training sessions along a detachment of about 100 soldiers and four CF-18 Hornet aircraft of the Canadian Royal Air Force over March 1 to April 10.