Army General Raul Castro, President of the Cuban Councils of State and Ministers, announced Tuesday morning the beginning throughout the island of the strategic military exercise Bastion 2013, which takes place throughout the island.
This important preparation of command posts under the leadership of Cuban Communist Party and with the participation of the government, the State’s Central Administration Bodies, enterprises, armed institutions and the people will wind up with National Defense Days on November 23rd and 24th.
The exercise, which runs until November 22nd, includes tactical drills by Cuban regular troops made up of young men and women, who honor their compromise with the defense of their homeland.
The defensive military program honors the statement given by Commander in Chief Fidel Castro as he delivered a main report to the First Congress of the Cuban Communist Party that “as long as imperialism exists, the Party, the State and the people will pay the closest attention to the defense of the country. The revolutionary guard can never be disregarded.”
In 1980, Cuba carried out the first Bastion exercise; since then, the country has enriched and improved its military doctrine based on the War of All the People, which guarantees each citizen the resources and place, a way to fight under the leadership of the Communist Party, according to an article in Granma newspaper.