The 29th anniversary since the founding of the Croatian Navy was marked in Split today. At the ceremony, which was much more modest due to the pandemic this year, it was announced that there will be further investment into the development and modernization of the navy and that the construction of patrol ships would continue.
Minister of Defence Mario Banožić congratulated naval personnel on the occasion of their anniversary and said that the Croatian Armed Forces Long term Development Plan is currently being drafted, in which the direction of the navy's development will be defined.
“The Long Term Development Plan will be changed as I said: clear sources of financing, and clear incumbents. Furthermore we will strengthen cooperation with other agencies, concretely the Ministry of Agriculture, because we will soon receive two quick dual purpose ships with which we will expand the capability of our coast guard,” said Minister Banožić.
The Croatian Armed Forces Chief of General Staff, Admiral Robert Hranj, said that the navy must improve the capability to control Croatian waters as soon as possible, in which the construction of new patrol ships and renewal of radar systems are of extreme importance.
“Continuing to build patrol ships is an important step needed to maintain the capability of controlling the sea. It was decided to build a multi-purpose ship, capable of longer stays on the open sea and capable of receiving a helicopter. Acquisition of a mine hunter will also be especially important,” said Admiral Hranj.
Recalling the important role of the Croatian Armed Forces in international peace support mission and operations, Navy Commander, Rear Admiral Ivo Raffanelli noted that 49 members of the navy are currently participating in missions around the world.