Nato airborne forces to participate in Exercise Swift Response

11 August 2015 (Last Updated August 11th, 2015 18:30)

Paratroopers from 11 Nato member states are set to participate in the upcoming US Army-led Exercise Swift Response in Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, and Italy.

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Paratroopers from 11 Nato member states are set to participate in the upcoming US Army-led Exercise Swift Response in Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, and Italy.

The paratroopers will stage a massive airborne combined joint forcible entry operation in the four countries.

Claimed to be the largest combined airborne training on the continent since the end of the Cold War, Exercise Swift Response will feature more than 4,800 soldiers from Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, as well as the UK and the US.

Led by headquarters elements from the Army's XVIII Airborne Corps and the 4th Infantry Division Mission Command Element, the US contingent will also include the Europe-based 173rd Airborne Brigade, and the US-based 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division.

The exercise is designed to integrate multiple allied nations' high-readiness forces to operate as a cohesive team and demonstrate the alliance's capacity to rapidly deploy and operate in support of sustaining a strong and secure Europe.

During the drill, the participants will conduct simultaneous airborne joint forced entries in to Germany's Hohenfels Training Area and Bulgaria's Novo Selo Training Area with follow-on training at both locations.

The exercise is scheduled to conclude on 17 September, with multinational platoon and company live fire at the Grafenwöhr Training Area in Germany.

"The exercise is designed to integrate multiple allied nations' high-readiness forces to operate as a cohesive team."

Meanwhile, US soldiers deployed to Europe as part of Atlantic Resolve, are participating in Exercise Uhlan Rage in Lithuania.

The soldiers partnered with the Lithuanian Land Forces personnel to conduct live fire from the BGM-71 tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided missile system over a two-day period at Lithuania's General Silvestras Zlikaliskas Training Area.

Participants honed their firing skills and accuracy by trying to strike armoured targets at the distance of around 2km.

The second week of Uhlan Rage will include a situational training exercise encompassing an offensive, a defensive and advance to contact, with the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade's UH-60 Black Hawks supporting troops during the offensive and airlift of combat equipment operations.


Image: Paratroopers from 11 Nato countries will conduct an airborne combined joint forcible entry operation during Exercise Swift Response. Photo: courtesy of US Army.