Czech Defence News of the Week (7 – 14 September 2018)

Czech Defence News of the Week (7 – 14 September 2018)
Author: Gen. Tomáš Tuhý (facebook), Police President|Caption: Deamon 2018 exercise
17 / 09 / 2018, 10:00

A large reconstruction of the Army Museum in Žižkov, Prague, started - On 11th September (9/11) the Czech Police in coordination with the Fire Department and Emergency medical service held the counter-terrorism exercise "Deamon 2018" - Chief of General Staff of the Slovak Armed Forces Lieutenant General Zmeko visited the Czech Republic - The 11th ACR Task Force EUTM in Mali returned back to the Czech Republic - Czech Republic misses the deadline (14th September) on passing the Directive 2017/853 on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons.

  • The long awaited and needed reconstruction of the Army Museum in Žižkov, Prague, has started on Monday 10th September by a foundation stone laying ceremony attained by the Minister of Defence Lubomír Metnar, the Chief of General Staff Lieutenant General Aleš Opata, and the Director of the Military History Institute Colonel Aleš Knížek. The museum will offer much larger expositions, not limited to the latest history of the 20th century only.

See also: Army Museum in Prague – complex reconstruction to accomodate complex history (2020)

  • On 11th September (9/11) the Czech Police in coordination with the Fire Department and Emergency medical service held the largest ever counter-terrorism exercise in Congress Hall at Vyšehrad, Prague, called Deamon 2018, involving about three thousand of hostages-figurants and over 400 police officers, the exercise consisted of a mock terror attack on the audience at a musical, with 70 terrorists who were not willing to negotiate.

  • Chief of General Staff of the Slovak Armed Forces Lieutenant General Daniel Zmeko visited the Czech Republic on 12th September, and met with the Czech Chief of General Staff Lieutenant General Aleš Opata and with the Minister of Defence Lubomír Metnar. Both generals laid wreaths at the Monument to fallen heroes. Talks on strenghtening the cooperation between the Czech and the Slovak army followed, with the main subject being common exercises and education, possibilities of Special Forces developement, and also participation of the troops during the 100th anniversary of the Czechoslovak independence (28th October 1918).

See also: Czech and Slovak Army – mutual support and cooperation

  • On 13th September the 11th ACR Task Force EUTM in Mali returned back to the Czech Republic, having been relieved a few day ago by the 12th Task Force. The Task Force was formed by the soldiers of the 132nd Artillery Battalion under the command of captain Lubomír Pánek: „I am glad we all made it back home safe. We performed our duties with our best knowledge and belief.“ The 11th Czech Task Force EUTM assumed the operational task on 9th March 2018. Its tasks were to guard the EUTM Headquarters in the capital of Bamako, escort military personnel travelling out of the Bamako HQ Base, and accompany EUTM convoys.

See also: Current Foreign Deployments of the Czech Army

  • Czech Republic has missed the deadline (14th September) on passing the controversial Directive 2017/853 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending the previous Directive (91/477/EEC) on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons. The unpopular amendment is met with wide criticism and strong opposition from gun owners across Europe, the Directive is deemed too restrictive and counterproductive, unable to reach its claimed goals of combatting terrorism and organized crime. The suit against the Directive was filed by the Czech Republic on 9th August 2017, the decision is expected in early 2019. Hungary and Poland joined the proceedings.

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