Military assistance operations in snow-bound areas

Detachments of the Ministry of National Defence (MApN) were deployed in the past 24 hours on 22 emergency support missions in the areas affected by snow and blizzard in southern Moldova, Muntenia and Dobrogea; 1,580 troops with 88 land, water and air craft participated in such actions that are due to continue, informs a MApN release.

Thus, following instructions from Defence Minister Gabriel Oprea, the airlift coordination center established at the headquarters of the Air Transport Fleet 90 in Otopeni continues the flight planning and execution operations intended to supply remote localities with food.

‘Depending on weather conditions and the on-site situation in cut-off settlements, the emergency supplies will also be taken by land to dedicated relief centers,’ reads the cited release.

Detachments of the 2nd Infantry Division, 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 13th Artillery Battalion, 51st Mixed Artillery Regiment, 86th Air Fleet and 52nd Artillery Battalion, 8th LAROM Brigade, troops of the Targoviste-based 235th Logistic Support Battalion and of the Air Force Training School are involved in the land transport of food and drinking water to the affected counties, alongside a river tugboat that transports people in the Tulcea County and the „Grozavul’ maritime rescue tugboat which acts as an ice-breaker along the Danube waterway between the ports of Sulina and Tulcea and transports people to and from isolated settlements in the Delta.

”According to orders of National Defence Minister Gabriel Oprea, the Ministry of National Defence is monitoring the situation in the country through the specialized structure of the General Staff, and has 4,000 troops and 1,000 technical means ready for emergency action in support of local and central public authorities, so as to contain the effects of snow and blizzards,” reports the release.

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