“Regarding military pensions, I repeat on this occasion, they are not and cannot be considered special pensions. I ask those who are pushing to cut the rights of military retirees to think about what effects such decisions could have on the retention of military personnel nearing the end of their careers, people who are very well trained and in positions at the top of the hierarchy, as well as on future projects of young people who would like a military career”, declared Minister Angel Tîlvăr, in Constanța, during a working visit to the garrisoned Naval Forces units.
He emphasized the importance of ensuring living conditions and training at the highest possible standards for the army personnel.
“The allocation of a budget of 2% of GDP in the last six years, raised to 2.5% this year, allowed the development of endowment programs that ensure solid defense capabilities for Romania. But no matter how efficient our fighter planes, armored cars, missiles, corvettes or frigates are, they need trained and motivated people in the context of the increasing level of expertise currently required by the field of defense. And I assure you that we are constantly considering finding the best solutions to ensure you, those who serve the country within the Romanian Army, the decent working and living conditions you deserve”, added Minister Tîlvăr.
Tîlvăr also met with the students and teachers of the “Mircea cel Bătrân” Naval Academy and visited the educational infrastructure – the laboratories and simulators used for student training. The Minister of National Defense had a meeting, at the headquarters of the Radio Electronic and Observation Brigade, with the management team of the unit, during which the missions and objectives of the subordinate soldiers, as well as those of the SCOMAR Operations Center, were presented to him. Also, the program of the visit included the Diving Center, where he met with the military and was presented with the hyperbaric laboratory, one of the most modern installations of this type worldwide.
At the end, the Minister of National Defense went to Constanța Military Port, where he met with the management team of the Fleet Command “Vice Admiral Vasile Urseanu” and visited a series of military ships – the frigate “Regina Maria”, the minesweeper “Vice Admiral Constantin Bălescu” (274) and the School Ship “Mircea”.
He particularly emphasized the importance of the participation of the Frigate “King Ferdinand” in the EUNAVFOR MED “IRINI” operation in the Mediterranean Sea and in the multiple missions to neutralize sea mines that are identified in the Black Sea, in the waters under Romania’s jurisdiction.
“I know that, since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, you have executed five interventions, with a particular degree of risk, to neutralize sea mines in our area of responsibility, and in total 70 sea mines were confirmed and destroyed in the Black Sea, one of Georgia, 4 from Bulgaria, 5 from Romania, 7 from Turkey and 53 from Ukraine,” said the Minister of National Defense.
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