Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), General Denis Mercier recently made an official visit to Bratislava, Slovakia, where he was welcomed with military honours by the Slovakian Chief of the Defence Staff of the Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Milan Maxim, the Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Defence and Security of the Parliament, Mr. Peter Suca, and the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs, Mr. Igor Slobodnik.
During the visit, SACT had the opportunity to participate in a working meeting with the General Staff during which General Mercier gained a clear understanding of how Slovakian armed forces have progressed in the conduct an important Transformational process since their NATO accession in 2004: From a soviet legacy posture to reaching NATO standards of interoperability.
Alongside the Slovakian Chief of Defence, General Mercier also interacted with media seizing the opportunity to "salute Slovakia’s commitment to the Alliance since it joined in 2004." He also underlined the efforts made by Slovakia towards the Transformation of its armed forces, highlighting the fact that "the Višegrad battlegroup was certified during Exercise Trident Juncture 2015, the first time that a European battlegroup accomplished this in a NATO exercise."
The strong commitment of Slovakia in several Smart Defence initiatives and in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Centre of Excellence established in Trenčín were also the focus of SACT’s attention during the visit.