US units participate in Swedish exercise

In a few weeks, US soldiers, boats and aircraft will be taking part in a Swedish- led exercise along the Baltic Sea coast and in central Sweden. US units will be on site before the start of the exercise, to train and learn about the exercise environment and terrain.

CV-22 B Osprey, which is a combination of an aircraft and a helicopter.
CV-22 B Osprey, which is a combination of an aircraft and a helicopter. Photo: Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez
CV-22 B Osprey, which is a combination of an aircraft and a helicopter.
CV-22 B Osprey, which is a combination of an aircraft and a helicopter. Photo: Staff Sgt. Mackenzie Mendez

Soon, a joint exercise with Swedish and US troops will begin. The exercise comprises of US and Swedish land, air and naval units, as well as parts of the US Special Forces.

The purpose of the exercise is to enhance our capability for joint rapid operations. The main part of the exercise will be conducted at sea and in the air, primarily in the southern and central parts of the Baltic Sea, but some parts will also be conducted on land.

Training before the exercise

A couple of weeks ago, US troops and boats arrived in the town of Karlskrona to train navigation in the archipelago, together with Swedish units. The Swedish archipelago is complex and challenging, particularly in the autumn when the weather can result in strong winds and high waves. That is why it is important to conduct training before the actual exercise begins.

This weekend, more US units arrive in Sweden, together with the CV-22 B Osprey, which is a combination of an aircraft and a helicopter. They also need to train and familiarize themselves with the new environment and terrain ahead of the exercise. This means that there will be more air activity in the area around the Skaraborg Air Wing (F 7) in Såtenäs, where they will be deployed temporarily.

The exercise has been planned for a long time and is part of bilateral cooperation between Sweden and the US. Particular consideration has been taken to the current situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the exercise will be conducted in accordance with current guidelines.