Swedish Army hosts multinational Joint Protector 21 exercise
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Swedish Army hosts multinational Joint Protector 21 command post exercise

23 Sep 2021 (Last Updated September 23rd, 2021 12:41)

The exercise is led by the UK and centred around fictitious events.

Swedish Army hosts multinational Joint Protector 21 command post exercise
Brigadier-General Johan Pekkari participates in the exercise as deputy chief of the national staff that is being exercised. Credit: Försvarsmakten.

The Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten) is hosting the multinational Joint Protector 21 command-post exercise in Älvdalen.

The UK-led ten-day exercise is scheduled to end on 26 September.

Joint Protector 21 aims to enhance multilateral operational command-post cooperation between Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) countries.

JEF is a coalition of ten countries, namely Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK.

The multinational command post exercise involves fictitious events.

As part of these events, the exercise staff is required to gather data, coordinate, plan and give orders to participating units.

Swedish Armed Forces brigadier-general Johan Pekkari is taking part in the exercise as deputy chief of the multinational staff.

Pekkari said: “This exercise is important for the JEF cooperation and for the Swedish Armed Forces in order to enhance our ability to offer host nation support to a large multi-national exercise on Swedish territory.”

According to Försvarsmakten, the staff participating in the exercise is now working towards planning, issuance of orders and several other activities for smooth execution of the exercise.

Försvarsmakten stated that the first orders in the exercise were given by the UK directing staff.

Swedish Armed Forces Host Nation Support British exercise leader chief of plans lieutenant-colonel Stefan Hedmark said: “It is amazing to see that all the work invested in the exercise by the personnel in Älvdalen, the host unit P 4 and everyone else in the Swedish Armed Forces really pays off.”

Earlier this month, Finland said it would participate in the exercise.

Finnish Defence Forces noted that 14 staff officers from the Defence Command, the Air Force, the National Defence University and Defence Command establishments subordinate will take part in the exercise.