On Army Day, we are first of all honouring the sacrifice of our soldiers of all times, the ones who showed an authentic love for their country, with bravery and courage and, above all, with sweat and blood they built the Romanian country and nation, Defence Minister Mihai Fifor stated on Thursday, on the occasion of the ceremonies organised in the Carol Park for the Romanian Army Day.
The Minister evoked the merits of the Romanian Army in building the Romanian nation and voiced appreciation for those who sacrificed their own lives in achieving national independence.
“The sacrifice and blood of this nation’s heroes imposed Romania among the independent states of Europe in the late 19th century. Their successors, through the great victories of Marasti, Marasesti, Oituz and other legendary battlefields during the First World War, made possible the Greater Union of 1918, which we celebrate during this Centennial Year,” said Fifor.
He also mentioned the troops who lost their lives in the theatres of operations nowadays and the ones who were wounded or died in mission.
“The country owes the same respect and gratitude to the soldiers today. Romania’s accession to the North Atlantic Alliance and the European Union family were ensured including by our troops who, holding on to their weapons, alongside our allies, proved in their missions conducted in the operation theatres the seriousness and consequence with which Romania meets its commitments and obligations. As many as 29 Romanian troops lost their lives in missions in Afghanistan, Iraq or Western Balkans and we will never forget their sacrifice,” said Fifor.
He also mentioned the Romanian Army endowment programmes and specified the fact that the F16 multirole aircraft will start air police missions next year.
“Our troops participate alongside the allied and partner armies in some of the most complex missions in the theatres of operations and they also train themselves by participating in ample multinational drills, which ensure a training level matching the most exigent allied standards and a high inter-operability,” said Fifor.
During the ceremony organised at the Unknown Soldier Monument, the officials laid wreaths on behalf of several ministries and state institutions and several IAR 330 R helicopters, as well as IAR 99 Soim or F16 Fighting Falcon flied over the Carol Park.
President Iohannis: Armed forces’ acquisitions, modernisation effort up to NATO standards needs to be continued
The armed forces effort for acquisitions and modernisation up to NATO standards needs to be continued, President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday, pointing out that the Defense Ministry should use transparently the two percent of Gross Domestic Product allocated for defence spending.
“We find ourselves today in a complex geopolitical context … (…) The radical changes in recent years in the international security environment have highlighted the strategic importance of ensuring security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area of the Black Sea region. Romania is an important regional stability pillar and a credible partner of NATO and the EU. Given the circumstances, we must constantly act to have an efficient military system capable of fulfilling its essential missions in defending the country as well as the responsibilities taken up by Romania inside NATO. The armed forces effort for acquisitions and modernisation up to NATO standards needs to be continued,” Iohannis said at an Army Day military ceremony.
He mentioned a national agreement on two-percent-of-GDP defence spending, underlining that the Ministry of Defence is responsible for making transparent the use of these funds.
President Iohannis bestows battle flag upon Special Operations Command
President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday bestowed the battle flag upon the Special Operations Command on the occasion of a military ceremony held on the Romanian Army Day.
Moreover, the head of the state decorated the battle flags of the 13th Centre for Communication and Computing, the 85th Centre for Air Communication and Computing, as well as of the Training School for Combat Units.
“As a token of recognition and for the special results obtained, I bestowed the battle flag on the Special Operations Command and I decorated the battle flag of the 13 Centre for Communication and Computing, the 85 Centre for Air Communication and Computing, as well as of the Training School for Combat Units,” said the head of the state at the military ceremony organised on the occasion of the Romanian Army Day.
The head of the Romanian state congratulated the military.
“I am confident that you will prove the same determination, seriousness and professionalism in ensuring further the development of the Romanian Army to match the current international standards and to strengthen the respect and prestige you have gained for yourself through work,” said Iohannis
The head of the state on July 23 signed the decree by which he bestowed the battle flag upon the Special Operations Command.
PM Dancila says Army is a fundamental institution of the state, contributing decisively to Romania’s credibility in the world
The Army is a fundamental institution of the state, which decisively contributes to Romania’s credibility around the world, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated on Thursday.
“The Army is a fundamental institution of the state, which contributes in a decisive manner to Romania’s credibility around the world. (…) The participation of the Romanian servicemen in missions and operations (…) also contributes to the growth of our country’s international reputation,” PM Dancila stated at the military ceremony dedicated to Romania’s Army Day.
According to the Government head, Romania is an important stability pillar in the area, taking into account the global challenges we are confronted with.
“Gov’t pays maximum attention to strenghtening country defence capabilities”
The Government pays maximum attention to strengthening the country’s defence capabilities, in making efforts to reach Romania’s major objectives, both in terms of endowment and training of the troops, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also stated on Thursday.
“We have sustainable economic growth and a predictable and feasible defence system, which consolidates our role as a regional player and security provider in Eastern Europe. This is the second year when we earmark 2 per cent of the GDP for Defence and we are maintaining this objective for the next decade too. The Romanian Government observes thus its commitment made under the governing programme and pays maximum attention to strengthening the country’s defence capability, while seeking to reach Romania’s major objectives, both in terms of endowment and training of the troops. We are determined to create and develop a regional centre for the defence industry in Romania, which implicitly contributes to the economic development in our country,” said Dancila, at the military ceremony dedicated to the Army Day.
DefMin Fifor: After 1990, Romanian Army lost 29 troops in operation theaters
Minister of National Defence Mihai Fifor said on Thursday, after attending the military and religious ceremony organized at the Monument in Paulis (western Arad County, ed. n.) on the occasion of the Romanian Army Day, that today we cannot help thinking about the 29 of Romanian troops who have died since 1990 in operation theaters and about their families.
“I think with special respect and deep admiration of war veterans. I am very respectful of the veterans in the operation theaters. They all represent a great family of the Romanian Army that today celebrates its Day, 25 October. I could not help thinking with respect of those who died in the line of duty. I would like to remind you that after 1990, the Romanian Army lost 29 troops in operation theaters and we could not help thinking of them and of their families, with the same respect and great appreciation,” Fifor said.
From Arad, Minister of Defence Mihai Fifor went to Carei, the last Romanian territory freed by the Romanian Army from the fascists, in order to take part in the celebrations organized there on the occasion of the Romanian Army Day.
The monument in Paulis, an artwork done in 1974 by sculptors Emil Viorel, Ionel Munteanu and architect Milos Cristea, was erected in memory of the Romanian soldiers who died in the battles of the Romanian Army in September 1944 for defending Mures Gorge, stopping the advance of the Hungarian Horthy-Nazi troops to the interior of the country. For a week, the Romanian soldiers resisted heroically against an enemy superior both in number and in fighting gear, until the big Romanian and Soviet units arrived in the area, causing the Hungarian Horthy-Nazi troops to withdraw. The efforts of the troops who formed the “Paulis Detachment” and the strategic importance of their victory were recognized as such in the history books of the World War II.
PSD’s Dragnea: Armed forces prove daily that Romania is a strong state, fulfills security commitments
The armed forces prove daily that Romania is a strong state that fulfills its security commitments in the region and a trustworthy partner for our allies, the speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, who is also the chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD, major at rule, ed. n.), Liviu Dragnea said, on the occasion of Day of Romanian Army.
“October 25 has an important significance for the Romanian people’s history, it is the day when we honor the Romanian armed forces, those who dedicated their lives for defending the values, the integrity and the national identity. This year we mark a century since modern Romania exists, which would not have been possible without the sacrifice, the courage, the love for the country and the professionalism of the Romanian armed forces that fought and sacrificed on the battlefield for the sovereignty, the independence and the unity of the Romanian state. Those who wore and are wearing the military uniform are true examples for the entire society, and the participation of the Romanian armed forces in the missions beyond our borders, under the aegis of the UN, the NATO or the European Union, contribute essentially to the prestige of Romania prestige throughout the world. The armed forces prove daily that Romania is a strong state that fulfills its security commitments in the region and a trustworthy partner for our allies,” Liviu Dragnea wrote, on Thursday, on his Facebook page.
He addresses congratulations “to all those who today represent the Romanian Army, carry out their duty with professionalism and dedication and represent us with dignity and honor in the theaters of operations!” “Happy anniversary, reservists and war veterans! Happy birthday, armed forces of the Romanian Army!” Dragnea wrote.