DEFENCE

DefMin Tutuianu meets Alabama National Guard delegation, discusses Black Sea security environment

The Black Sea regional security environment, the US-Romania Strategic Partnership, and the Romanian Armed Forces’ endowment policy were on the agenda of a meeting in Bucharest on Tuesday of Romania’s Defence Minister Adrian Tutuianu, Chief of Romania’s General Army Staff Nicolae Ciuca and head of the Alabama National Guard (ALNG), Major General Sheryl Gordon.

According to a press statement released by the Defence Ministry (MApN), Tutuianu welcomed the consolidation of the existing partnership between the ALNG and the MApN under a State Partnership Programme, and voiced the entire openness of the Romanian Armed Forces for other future bilateral activities.

Regarding the armed forces’ endowment, Tutuianu said that a plan with major acquisition programmes has been recently approved, reiterating that Romania is firmly committed to allocating two percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for defence spending, in line with the commitment made to its NATO partners.

In his turn, Chief of Staff Ciuca praised the excellent collaboration between the Romanian military and the Alabamian National Guard for over 20 years of partnership and thanked for support received in the process of specialisation and improvement by Mil-to -Mil activities, both in the training centres of both the Alabama National Guard and the US Army.

“Following the involvement of the ALNG leadership in the development of the partnership programme, great strides have been made in this cooperation area by providing support and expertise to train Romanian pilots in flying F-16 fighter jets, as well as by developing the infrastructure of Getica National Joint Training Centre at Cincu,” according to MApN.

The visit of the US delegation is the first meeting between the newly elected head of the Alabama National Guard, recently appointed in office, and the leadership of Romania’s Ministry of National Defence.

Part of her visit to Romania, Major General Sheryl Gordon was scheduled to meet with heads of the Romanian armies, take part in an exercise of mountain troops and visit the Air Force Academy, the Land Force Academy, the Basarab I School for Army Warrant Officers and NCOs and the Getica National Joint Training Centre at Cincu.

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