Saber Guardian 2016 begins in Romania

28 July 2016 (Last Updated July 28th, 2016 18:30)

The annual Saber Guardian military exercise has started in Cincu, Romania, to enhance interoperability between allied and partner nations.

The annual Saber Guardian military exercise has started in Cincu, Romania, to enhance interoperability between allied and partner nations.

More than 2,500 soldiers from 11 countries are taking part in the Romanian and the US Army Europe-led exercise.

The exercise will be conducted at the Romanian Land Force Combat Training Center (RLF-CTC) until 7 August.

Participating forces will conduct command post, field and live-fire exercises alongside US Army Reserve and National Guard forces.

Personnel from the Canadian Army will oversee combat support planning, as well as information and knowledge management processes.

The exercise will witness participation from nearly 45 Canadian Army soldiers from the Operation Reassurance Land Task Force currently based in Poland, as well as personnel from 5th Canadian Division.

"Our participation in Exercise Saber Guardian enables us to support our allies and help strengthen the resiliency of the region."

Participation in Saber Guardian will allow the Canadian Armed Forces to meet tasks assigned by the Government of Canada.

Canada Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan said: “Canada will continue to prioritise building defence capabilities and nurturing partnerships in Central and Eastern Europe.

"Our participation in Exercise Saber Guardian enables us to support our allies and help strengthen the resiliency of the region.”

Saber Guardian exercise rotates between locations in Romania, Bulgaria, and Ukraine.

Last year's exercise was combined with Exercise Rapid Trident and was held at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center near Yavoriv, Ukraine.


Image: More than 2,500 soldiers from 11 countries are participating in Saber Guardian 2016. Photo: courtesy of the US Army.