NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation praises Hungarian contributions, discusses Smart Defence and Chicago Summit deliverables with Ambassador Szapáry
On 23 April Ambassador Szapáry paid a visit to Allied Command Transformation (ACT) in Norfolk, Virginia, where he was received by French General Stéphane Abrial, head of NATO’s only major command on US soil. They discussed Hungary’s contributions to ACT’s work and the command’s role in preparations for the upcoming Alliance summit meeting in Chicago, with special regard to initiatives under the concept of „Smart Defence”. They agreed that the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) in Pápa, Hungary is a success story and a great example for Smart Defence that helps meet a critical capability shortfall while also involving partner nations from outside the Alliance.
General Abrial praised Hungarian officers serving at ACT in both national liaison and international staff positions and called Hungary’s participation in the command „very beneficial”. The meeting was followed by a Command Brief on the various aspects of ACT’s work chaired by Deputy SACT, Polish army General Mieczysław Bieniek and attended by members of ACT senior staff. Finally, a tour of the Eisenhower nuclear powered aircraft carrier concluded the visit, guided by the ship’s commanding officer and the carrier battle group commander.
ACT is responsible for leading the adaptation of NATO forces to trends and changes in the strategic environment. The other NATO strategic command is ACO (Allied Command Operations, better known as SHAPE), headquartered in Mons, Belgium.