The OLRT is a team of military experts who would be the first on the ground if the actual need arose. While in Hungary, they tested a number of procedures in order to strengthen the cooperation between MNC NE, NFIU HUN and other Hungarian partners.
Our members started by visiting the garrison in Tata. The 25th INF Bde – the heaviest brigade in Hungary – presented a comprehensive command brief on its structure, main tasks, mission, and equipment. The visit provided the perfect opportunity to establish direct points of contact for future cooperation.
On 24 April, the HQ MNC NE OLRT visited the Hungarian Red Cross (HUN RC) in Budapest. A warm welcome by Director General Mr. Istvan KARDOS marked the starting point for fruitful discussions. The visit was a good opportunity to exchange information and establish smooth relations between MNC NE and HUN RC.
Strengthening the ability of Allied forces
The same day, representatives of the OLRT met with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the Hungarian capital. The HQ MNC NE delegation was welcomed by Deputy Regional Representative of the UNHCR for Central Europe Mr. Jon P. HOISAETER. The visit provided an excellent platform to discuss future cooperation between MNC NE and UNHCR for nine countries in this region.
Additionally, another part of the OLRT visited the NATO Movement Coordination Centre in Budapest that day. It was yet another chance to set up points of contact and to discuss the experiences of previous Allied deployments.
On 25 April, the delegation of HQ MNC NE visited the Hungarian Ministry of the Interior in Budapest. Our team was welcomed by the MOI's delegation represented by Chief Inspector of the National Inspectorate General for Civil Protection BGEN Ferenc TOTH. The meeting was attended by many subject-matter experts from other ministries and bodies related to national security. The valuable discussions provided an excellent opportunity to enhance resilience and built interoperability among common response capabilities.
In parallel, another part of the OLRT visited the Papa Airbase, the NATO contingency air base to host the C-17 aircraft of the Strategic Airlift Capability. After a welcome by COL Laszlo Gangler, the OLRT members were briefed about the capabilities of the airbase that will be developed to a significant airport which would satisfy national, SAC, NAT and EU demands.
The first OLRT deployment provides a platform to strengthen the ability of Allied forces to work both together and with partners as well as with international, governmental and non-governmental organizations, which contributes to projecting stability beyond NATO's borders.