Sweden and Finland in combined joint exercise

On 2 March, Sweden and Finland exercised sea and air target suppression in the area between Nyköping, Visby and Karlskrona. The objective of the exercise is to develop the two countries' capability to conduct joint exercises on short notice.

Två soldater som tittar på ett stridsflygplan
Två soldater som tittar på ett stridsflygplan
Finnish F 18 Hornet aircraft on Gotland. Photo: Jonas Helmersson/Försvarsmakten

Sweden participated with fighter aircraft and surface warships as well as parts of the electronic warfare battalion. Finland contributed two fighter F 18 Hornet aircraft as well as a surface warship.

Sweden and Finland have well-established cooperation and conduct regular joint exercises. This type of exercise is carried out on a regular basis. The long-term objective is to strengthen the joint capability to meet various types of threats.

"In this type of exercise we reinforce the Swedish-Finnish capability to jointly defend our common interests, and to prevent an adversary from attacking our nations", says deputy Chief of Joint Operations of the Swedish Armed Forces Jonas Wikman.

This is a good example of a combined joint exercise between Sweden and Finland.

"This exercise is a natural step for a continued enhanced joint air operational capability with the Finnish airforce. Together we demonstrate the development of this reinforced cooperation, here and now, in this current deteriorating security situation", says Air Force Commander Major General Carl-Johan Edström.

The Swedish Armed Forces regularly conduct joint exercises with various partners in order to create stability in our region. Recent years have seen increased military activity in the Baltic Sea region, as well as an increased demand for readiness and availability.

"From our warships, the Navy has a good capability to command and control advanced combat with both Swedish and Finnish air and naval forces. During the exercise we also carry out sea surveillance and monitor the development of events very closely, and we have the capability to take measures if necessary," says Maritime Component Commander Brigadier General Peder Ohlsson.