Joint naval armed conflict means that several different coordinated military units fight an opponent at sea, using naval target missiles. To be able to do this, it is vital to have the capability to find the target and then conduct an armed attack.
In the Swedish Armed Forces, this is an important skill that is constantly exercised and improved in order to make sure that the units, in a real situation, have the necessary skills and opportunities to solve the task.
Foreign partners participate and are integrated in this work, such as German and Norwegian war ships. This time, US B-52 aircraft exercised together with Swedish Jas 39 aircraft, one Visby corvette, and a land-based missile unit. The units conducted a joint, simulated naval missile attack against hostile targets.
“Together we took an important step towards exercising joint naval armed conflict, together with the US. In this way, we contributed to achieving a credible threshold effect – to defend Sweden together with others”, says Commander Per Edling, who led the operation onboard a Swedish corvette.