A ceremony of handing over two P-5.8 boats with accompanying equipment, which the United States has donated to the Montenegrin Navy within the Humanitarian Mine Action program, was held in Bar today, announced the Ministry of Defense. The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Defense Predrag Boskovic and US Ambassador to Montenegro, Judy Rising Reinke. Boskovic stressed that it was a confirmation of the great friendship between Montenegro and the United States and said that the donated boats would improve the Montenegrin Navy's capacities and influence its better positioning within the overall defense system.
"Boskovic stressed that the United States is a major strategic ally in our country in strengthening defense capabilities, emphasizing their role and support during the reform process of our defense system. He added that the Defense Ministry would continue to strongly advocate for the modernization of the Army of Montenegro in order to strengthen the ability to respond to existing security challenges adequately," the statement said.
Reinke added that the United States was proud of the friendship and alliance with Montenegro and stressed that the United States would continue to support Montenegro as "a credible ally within the Alliance, with a special focus on strengthening the defense sector".
Reinke pointed out that the donation was a gesture of attention and friendship between the United States and Montenegro, bearing in mind the contribution of our country to the Alliance, as well as the needs of the Navy, as an important segment in providing security, it was stated.
The donation was realized through the US Humanitarian Mine Action Program, with the aim of training and building the capacity of the Marine Division of the Army of Montenegro, which is dealing with the removal of explosive devices (Underwater Explosive Remnants - EOD), as well as support to the Department for hydrography and oceanography of the Institute for Hydrometeorology and Seismology of Montenegro.
Text by Vijesti online, on May 7th, 2019, read more at Vijesti