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One patrol further

By 1Lt Alexander Barb
First published in
SFOR Informer #99, October 25, 2000

Doboj - The Russian BTR 80 roars, softly shaking the ground. Behind, two Danish Mowag Eagles await the departure signal. On the sun-warmed white gravel of Camp Dannevirke, Doboj in Multinational Division North, the soldiers and their machines are ready to carry out a two-hour patrol.
Danish Maj. Nicolas Veicherts, commanding D squadron from the NORDPOL Battle Group, received a visit from a group of Russian paratroopers on Oct. 16. They are part of of the Reconnaissance Company of the 1st Peacekeeping Russian Separate Airborne Brigade (PRSAB) based in Camp Ugljevik. They came with their BTR 80 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) which they normally use for regular patrolling.
One detail catches your attention when you enter Veicherts' office. On a stool stands a saddle and beside it a cavalry sabre in its scabbard.
"That's in the case we go by horse," joked Veicherts. The equipment shows the recce squadron in Dannevirke belong to the Royal Guard Hussars of her the Queen of Denmark.
As part of the visit the Russians and Danish divided the strength into two patrols, each one taking its Area of Responsibility. "It's our third meeting with the Russians. They already came to see our equipment a few weeks ago and we did the same at their camp," said Veicherts.
Eagle driver, Pvt. Jacob Bjornen listens to his radio crackle. His platoon commander, Sgt. Mads Kroman, patrol leader, gives him the route. The three vehicles roll out in a cloud of dust. Bjornen joined the army 15 months ago. He's part of a combat platoon in his regiment.
"I like being here because we have a very good team work and people are friendly," he said while not losing the track for the BTR 80 on the stony way that passes through the village of Grapska Gornja."It's interesting to meet the Russians and to compare our equipment. I just came back from McGovern where we led patrols with Americans for one week. I like these exchanges because you can get a better view of what the different units are doing."
According to Russian Capt. Veceslav Muratov, commander of Special Forces group of the airborne troops, who was in charge of the delegation for the day, "This kind of cooperation is very good because it allows a lot of exchange. We co-operate with U.S. in joint patrols as well. Maybe we'll do less joint patrols in the coming weeks because we are preparing our vehicles for winter, but we'll be doing more after that."

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Nations of SFOR: Russia, Denmark, Lithuania