Romania’s General Army Chief of Staff Nicolae Ciuca on Monday will be taking part in a departure ceremony in Constanta to send off the 341st White Sharks Force Protection Infantry Battalion on a mission in Afghanistan.
The Defence Ministry reports that fresh from a four-month training programme, the White Sharks are ready to serve with the Resolute Support NATO mission to secure the protection of the Kandahar military base and to advise Afghan security forces.
Romania’s 341st Infantry Battalion, aka the White Sharks, is an elite force of the Romanian Armed Forces, having so far carried out the following external missions: “ROFND VIII-X” (2004 – 2005) in Kosovo; “IRAQI FREEDOM” (2008 – 2009) in Iraq and ISAF (2006, 2011) in Afghanistan.
In recognition of their professional value, since 2000 the Constanta-based 341st Infantry Battalion have been nominated to represent Romania in the SEEBRIG (South Eastern European Brigade) regional imitative, alongside troops from six more partner states: Albania, Bulgaria, Italy, Greece, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey.
Their professionalism displayed in numerous international exercises and missions have earned their battle flag the following decorations and medals: the Badge of Honour of the Land Forces; the Badge of Honour of the Army Staff, as well as the Military Virtue in rank of Cavalier with war insignias medal.