US Army Europe begins bilateral training exercise Noble Partner 17


The US European Command-directed bilateral home station training exercise, Noble Partner, has started at the Vaziani Training Area in Georgia.

Participating nations in the exercise include Armenia, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and the US.

More than 2,000 personnel from the US are involved in the exercise, which will cover defensive operations.

The exercise will also feature M1A2 Abrams tanks, M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and M777 Howitzers from the US military.

Exercise Noble Partner aims to improve the participating nations' ability to conduct mission command and control operations, as well as measure their ability to support a multinational operational scenario, the US Army stated.

The exercise will train Georgia's second light infantry company as it prepares for its Nato Response Force (NRF) certification.

"The importance of doing these exercises shows the operational reach that Nato has when we're training and assisting our partners."

The NRF is said to be a highly ready multinational force comprising land, air, maritime and special operations forces.

2nd Cavalry Regiment Vilseck, Germany, Regimental Command sergeant major Kevin John Muhlenbeck said: "The importance of doing these exercises shows the operational reach that Nato has when we're training and assisting our partners, the Georgian Army, in getting better at their ability to defend themselves and maintain their sovereignty.”

As part of the exercise, participating troops will practise mission planning, command and control, manoeuvres, and complex joint and combined operations.

Noble Partner 2017 is said to be one of the largest exercises directed by the US Army Europe, in Georgia.


Image: The exercise will also feature multiple M1A2 Abrams tanks, M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and M777 Howitzers from the US military. Photo: courtesy of the US Army.