Exercise Rapid Trident 20 set to begin in Ukraine

15 September 2020 (Last Updated September 15th, 2020 12:21)

Exercise Rapid Trident 20, an annual Ukrainian-hosted and US Army Europe-led multinational training exercise, is set to begin this week.

Exercise Rapid Trident 20 set to begin in Ukraine
Exercise Rapid Trident 20 will take place at the International Peacekeeping Security Centre near Yavoriv from 16-25 September. Credit: Staff Sgt Adriana M Diaz-Brown.

Exercise Rapid Trident 20, an annual Ukrainian-hosted and US Army Europe-led multinational training exercise, is set to begin this week.

The exercise is scheduled to take place at the International Peacekeeping Security Centre near Yavoriv from 16-25 September.

Around 4,100 personnel from nine allied and partner nations are expected to participate in this annual drill.

In a statement, US Army Europe said: “Approximately 4,100 service members from nine allied and partner nations will participate in the exercise, including approximately 160 US soldiers from the Illinois Army National Guard’s 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, serving at Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine (JMTG-U) since July 2020.

“Participation also includes an estimated 15 US military and civilian personnel from the US Army Reserves, US Army Europe, 7th Army Training Command, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, and US Special Operations Command Europe.”

Exercise Rapid Trident 20 seeks to improve battle-readiness among the forces and develop interoperability through a brigade-level computer-assisted exercise with platoon-level manoeuvre training.

Additionally, the forces will take part in security and stability operations.

The drill was rescheduled in September due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The size, scope and scenario of the exercise were also modified to ensure the safety of the participating forces.

Ukraine has confirmed more than 163,000 Covid-19 cases as of 15 September. The death toll has crossed 3,300.

Globally, the disease has claimed more than 928,000 lives and infected 29 million people.