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NATO’s Multinational Special Aviation Programme launched in Croatia

Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia have jointly opened the Multinational Special Aviation Programme at a ceremony in Zadar, north-western Croatia. The training centre is dedicated to training air crews responsible for transporting Special Operations Forces.

“The Multinational Special Aviation Programme epitomises what NATO stands for – Allies achieving more together than they ever could individually,” said NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment Camille Grand. “By committing to training the next generation of Special Operations Forces aviation crews in one place, you – the participants – are laying the foundations for ever more seamless joint operations.”

The training centre will start work in 2020 with academic training before flight training begins in 2021. The location in Zadar offers training opportunities for helicopter crews in various geographic settings – including in the mountains, at sea and on islands.

The Multinational Special Aviation Programme is supported by the NATO Special Operations Headquarters, and benefits from informal ties with the Special Operations aviation communities of selected Allies.

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