Armed Forces of Montenegro
The Armed Forces of Montenegro (Montenegrin: Vojska Crne Gore) consists of an army, navy and air force. There has been no conscription in Montenegro; the military is a fully professional standing army.
The military currently maintains a force of 1,950 active duty members. The bulk of its equipment and forces were inherited from the Armed Forces of Serbia and Montenegro; as Montenegro contained the entire coastline of the former union, it retained practically the entire naval force.
In June 2017 Montenegro joined NATO as 29th member.
- Commander in Chief: President Milo Đukanović
Ministry of Defense
Bar Naval base (Bar)
"Pero Ćetković" base (Bar)
Pristan base (Herceg Novi)
Army base "Milovan Šaranović" (Danilovgrad)
Army base "13 jul", Nikšić (Nikšić)
Army base "V. K. Volođa" (Pljevlja)
Army base "Breza" (Kolašin)
Army base "Masline" (Podgorica) - Planned for adaptation
Army base "Nova lokacija" (Andrijevica) - Planned from 2020.year
Units and structure
General Staff - Podgorica Infantry Battalion
- 1st Infantry Company
- 2nd Infantry Company
- 3rd Infantry (Mountain) Company
- 4th Infantry Company
- Fire Support Company
- Engineer Company
- Signal Platoon
- NBC Defence Platoon
- Service Squad
Air Force Navy
- Patrol Boat 33
- Patrol Boat 34
- Coastal Surveillance Company
- Training Ship "Jadran"
- Auxiliary Boats Detachment
- Marine Detachment
- Support Company
Logistic Battalion Training Center Honorary Guard Company Intelligence-Reconnaissance Company Military Police Company Signal Company
Ranks and insignia
The Military before 1918
After military successes in the wars 1876-1878 during which the Principality of Montenegro was enlarged by a large territory, from the Tara River in the north to the Adriatic Sea in the south (liberated towns Podgorica, Nikšić, Kolašin, Andrijevica, Bar and Ulcinj), reorganization in Montenegrin army was conducted in 1880. Each kapetanija (municipality) formed its reserve battalion. There were 42 battalions in total. Since 1881, regular military exercises were conducted.
Supreme Commander of the Montenegrin army was the monarch, Prince / King Nikola I. Operational command, organization and financial support of the Montenegrin army was entrusted to the Ministry of Defence, the department of the Government of the Principality / Kingdom of Montenegro.
General Staff of the Montenegrin army was part of the Ministry of Defence.
In 1882 first 14 Montenegrins were sent to officer schools abroad, particularly in Italy and Russia. In 1886, 10 of them completed their education and they become first trained officers in Montenegrin warrior history. These Montenegrin officers held courses in Podgorica, Nikšić and Cetinje.
In September 1895, the first permanent Infantry NCO school in Podgorica was opened, and the first NCOs got desečar rank. At the end of 1896, artillery officer school in Cetinje was established - the first Montenegrin officer school.
In 1906 Montenegrin army received the first systematized regulations, and the Law on Organization of the Army was adopted in 1910. Infantry and artillery, were established, followed by two specialized branches (reconnaissance and pioneering), and additional branches (medics, military workshop, the military court staff, gendarmerie and logistics).
In 1913 the Montenegrin gendarmerie become a special Military Police unit.
Since the establishment of the internal Montenegrin telecommunications system in 1869, vital for the flow of military-defense information, it was under the jurisdiction of Ministry of the military.
Until 1912, the territory of the Kingdom of Montenegro was divided into four divisional areas:
- 1.Cetinje divisional area
- 2.Podgorica divisional area
- 3.Nikšić divisional area
- 4.Kolašin divisional area
After wars 1912th-1913th established additional two divisions field:
By 1912, the Montenegrin Army had 11 brigade areas, 52 districts and 322 battalion troop areas. Divisions were composed of 2-3 Infantry Brigade.
Each divisional command had three artillery batteries. On the eve of the First Balkan War Kingdom of Montenegro lined up 55,000 soldiers.
After the establishment of the Kingdom of Montenegro in 1910, Montenegro was involved in three wars with the first one being the First Balkan War, in alliance with Serbia, Greece, Romania, and Bulgaria against the Ottoman Empire. The Second Balkan War was fought between Montenegro, Serbia, Greece, Romania and the Ottoman Empire against Bulgaria, with Bulgaria consequently losing significant territory in the north, Thrace, and Macedonia.
The Military of Montenegro before 1918, was much larger than today's military. During World War I, Montenegro mobilised 50,000 troops. The Commander-in-Chief was King Nikola I of Montenegro, while the General of Staff was Božidar Janković. Units included:
- Pljevlja Division
The Pljevlja Division was commanded by brigadier Luka Gojnić. The division was made up of 10 battalions. It had around 6,000 soldiers, and patrolled the area east from Pljevlja.
- Herzegovina Detachment
- Lovćen Detachment
The Lovćen Detachment was commanded by divizijar Mitar Martinović. The detachment was made up of 18 battalions. It had around 8,000 soldiers, and patrolled the areas of Lovćen and Sutorman.
- Old Serbia' Detachment
The 'Old Serbia' Detachment was commanded by brigadier Radomir Vešović. The detachment was made up of 13 battalions. It had around 6,000 soldiers, and secured the Albanian border.
Most soldiers of the Montenegrin army had no uniforms. At mobilization, the soldiers were issued a rifle and a badge to put in the cap. Both soldiers and officers in the reserve wore national costume. The badges in the caps had different designs depending on the rank of the wearer.
Ranks and Badges
All Montenegrins between 18 and 62 years were conscripts. Recruitment was done three times a year, and the recruits are in peacetime had to have at least 25 years.
- Officer ranks were: potporučnik, poručnik, kapetan, komandir, brigadir, divizijar
- NCO ranks were: desečar, donarednik, narednik
- Ceremonial ranks were: serdar, vojvoda
Montenegro participates in peace operations under the NATO and UN auspices as military troops and observers. Minister of Defense said that 85 soldiers are trained for international missions. Montenegrin soldiers are trained by the German Bundeswehr.
|Current Mission||Organization||Country||Nr. of personnel|
|RS||NATO||Afghanistan||25 Members (Military troops and medical team)|
|UNMIL||UN||Liberia||Officers as military observers|
|UNFICYP||UN||Cyprus||Officers as military observers|
|EU-NAVFOR||EU||Somalia||8 Members (APVD team)|
|KFOR||NATO||Kosovo||40 Members (Military troops and medical team)|
|Kotor class frigate||- P-33 Kotor
- P-34 Novi Sad
|2 in active service|
|Fast attack craft|
|Končar class fast attack craft||- RTOP-405 Jordan Nikolov Orce
- RTOP-406 Ante Banina
|Under reconstruction. The ship RTOP-405 was to be completed in 2018.|
|Transport and support|
|PO class||- PO91||1||1 in reserve|
|Salvage tug||- PR-41 (Orada)
|2 in active service|
|Jadran||Used as a training ship||1||1 in active service|
|Motor sailboat||- Bojana
|2 in active service|
|Diving boat||-Ronilačka baraksa 81
-Ronilačka barkasa 85
|2 in active service|
|Motor boat Polycat||1||1 in active service|
|Motor boat||- ČM 33||1||1 in active service|
|Valiant 620PT||Used by Marine Platoon||2||2 in active service|
|Jadranka||VIP Yacht||1||Offered for sale|
|Floating Crane||LDI 18||1||1 in active service|
|Armed Advanced Jet Trainer|
|Soko G-4 Super Galeb||G-4 / N-62||4||Offered for sale|
|Utva 75||Utva 75 / V-53||3||Offered for sale|
|Air Tractor AT-802||AT-802A||3||3 Active|
|PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader||2||1 Active|
|Learjet 45||VIP Transport||1||Government aircraft|
|Transport and Utility Helicopters|
|13||Produced under license in Yugoslavia.|
|Bell 412EP||412EP||1||Medical evacuation, search and rescue, aerial firefighting, patrol.|
|Bell 412EPI||412EPI||2 on order||Medical evacuation, search and rescue, aerial firefighting, patrol. |
Expected delivery Q4 2018.
|Mil Mi-8||Mi-8T/HT-40||1||Not in use. Planned to buy three new medium transport helicopters Bell 412 in 2018.|
|9K32 Strela-2M||Portable low-altitude SAM||Planned to buy new MANPADS.|
|Bofors 40 mm||Autocannon 40mm L/70,
works with GIRAFFE Radar
|Planned for modernization|
|GIRAFFE Radar||Early warning radar, works
with Bofors 40mm L/70
|Planned for modernization|
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