The massive NATO exercise, Defender Europe 2021 kicked off, and it will run through June 2021.
— 405th Army Field Support Brigade (@405thAFSB) March 16, 2021
A hype video was also released.
— U.S. Army Europe and Africa (@USArmyEURAF) March 15, 2021
DEFENDER-Europe is an annual large-scale U.S. Army Europe and Africa-led, multinational, joint exercise designed to build strategic and operational readiness and interoperability between U.S., NATO allies and partners.
This year’s exercise involves a greater number of NATO ally and partner nations conducting activities over a wider area than what was planned for in 2020.
More than 30,000 multinational forces from 27 nations will conduct nearly simultaneous operations across more than 30 training areas in a dozen countries.
“While we are closely monitoring the COVID situation, we’ve proven we have the capability to train safely despite the pandemic. No matter what, our nations count on our forces being ready to defend the peace,” said Gen. Christopher Cavoli, U.S. Army Europe and Africa commanding general. “DEFENDER-Europe 21 provides us the best opportunity to hone our abilities alongside our allies and partners in the strategically important Balkans and Black Sea region so that collectively, we are ready to respond to any crisis that may arise.”
There will be a much more significant presence from the US Air Force and Navy this year.
The exercise will incorporate new or high-end capabilities including air and missile defense assets, as well as assets from the U.S. Army Security Force Assistance Brigades and the recently reactivated V Corps.
“DEFENDER-Europe 21 is a critical exercise that will provide V Corps with another great opportunity to build readiness in our march towards full operational capability, and promote interoperability as we work alongside allies and partners,” said Lt. Gen. John Kolasheski, V Corps commanding general. “We are looking forward to this chance to work closely with U.S. Army Europe and Africa and demonstrate U.S. resolve and commitment to Europe.”
It involves several linked exercises, as follows:
- Swift Response (early to mid-May) – will include airborne operations in Estonia, Bulgaria and Romania involving more than 7,000 troops from 11 countries.
- Immediate Response (mid-May through early-June) – more than 5,000 troops from 8 countries will spread out across 31 training areas in 12 different countries to conduct live fire training. A Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore operation will also occur.
- Saber Guardian (mid-May through early-June) – more than 13,000 service members from 19 countries will conduct live fire and air and missile defense operations, plus a large scale medical evacuation.
- Command Post Exercise (June) – approximately 2,000 personnel will exercise the headquarters’ ability to command multinational land forces in a joint and combined training environment while maintaining real-world operations across 104 countries on two continents.
There is a handy infographic, which shows something interesting:
Any, not-so-keen observer will easily notice the flag that’s on the very top, right-hand, side. It is that of Armenia.
After losing the Nagorno-Karabakh war, accusing every party in the world, it requested and received help from Russia.
Then Russia’s Iskander missiles were the issue, according to Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
Ultimately, the war was lost against Azerbaijan, and a founding NATO state in the face of Turkey.
Still, this is showing of Armenia’s double-faced approach. It is now taking part in simulated war games, that play out a war against Russia, deployment of means and forces near its borders and more.
It is now, once again, joining the bandwagon against Russia, while earlier Moscow rescued it from total, humiliating defeat. But, there is no war now, and the lack of any integrity in policy and any sensible direction are showing, once again.
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