Slovenia has no traditional navy. Instead, the naval component of the Armed Forces develops limited capabilities in the areas of underwater and surface operations, maritime situational awareness, and land explosive ordnance disposal. Some capabilities are deployable and are prepared to carry out missions mainly as a part of the allied forces.
We are aware of the need for effective and efficient cooperation to provide adequate global maritime safety at sea. Therefore, our international cooperation is carried out in different contexts: bilateral, regional, and multilateral.
A bilateral example is the deployment of the patrol ship Triglav 11 in December 2013 and January 2014 to the Italian-led operation Mare Nostrum to tackle illegal migration in the Mediterranean Sea. Another is the intensive cooperation with all countries in the Western Balkans, particularly with Montenegro, in mine countermeasures diving in support of regional initiatives.
Regional cooperation is carried out through different initiatives, mainly Adrion, a forum that joins naval components from Italy, Greece, Slovenia, Albania, Croatia, and Montenegro to promote cooperation, joint training, and conduct of exercises and exchange of experiences between the Adriatic and Ionian Sea navies, and the Virtual Regional Maritime Traffic Center, which promotes multinational information sharing in the area of maritime domain awareness. Through this cooperation we strive to strengthen and raise the level of the region’s capacity to respond to maritime-security challenges.
In 2014 our ambition is to deploy a patrol ship to UNIFIL’s maritime task force in Lebanon. Slovenia believes that security on Europe’s doorstep is urgent and necessary. By participating we contribute to the overall security and stability of the region.
Through the strengthening of cooperation and deployment in operations, Slovenian naval capabilities participate in the achievement of national security and state interests.