NATO began one of its largest exercise in Europe yesterday; Exercise Rapid Trident 2015.
More than 1,800 soldiers from 18 different countries will take part in the year’s major exercise aimed at enhancing interoperability and military-to-military relationships between land forces of the U.S. and Ukraine and other participating NATO/Partnership for Peace nations while assisting Ukraine’s efforts to develop interoperable and fully deployable units.
Participating countries include the Ukraine, United States, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and Turkey. The exercise comes at the explicit request of the Ukrainian government and military.
Army.mil reported Ukrainian Colonel Alexandr Sivak words during the opening ceremony: “Today’s presence here, of such a powerful cohort of our partners and comrades in arms, demonstrates the broad international support for the struggle of the Ukrainian nation for sovereignty and territorial integrity as a democratic European state,” said Ukrainian Col. Alexandr Sivak, deputy chief of military academy.
“The growth of this support is confirmed by the unprecedented scale of this exercise, which is conducted not only at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre, but is also united with powerful European training centers during the distributed command post exercise,” he said. “Our exercise has attracted the attention not only of military experts but the whole Ukrainian society and the international community – all those who are sincerely worried about the restoration of peace and territorial integrity of our state, establishment of effective mechanisms, and guarantees for the inviolability of the principles of peaceful coexistence in the modern world.”
To prepare the troops for the field exercises, a full week will be focus on conducting situational awareness drills including medical and casualty evacuation procedures, countering improvised explosive devices, convoy operations and patrolling.
Rapid Trident 2015 will focus on international stability and peacekeeping operations at the brigade level. Four multi-national battalions will be formed to execute their exercise taskings as one cohesive force under a brigade command.
Rapid Trident 2015 will be conducted July 20-31, 2015 and is being held at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center (IPSC) in Yavoriv, Ukraine.