Exercise Rapid Trident 2013 opens in Ukraine

July 8, 2013

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs


YAVORIV, Ukraine -- Soldiers from participant nations stand in formation July 8 during the opening ceremony for Exercise Rapid Trident 2013 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center here. Rapid Trident 2013 is a U.S. Army-Europe led, multinational field training and command post exercise occurring at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Yavoriv, Ukraine July 8 to 19 that involves approximately 1,300 troops from 17 different nations. The exercise is designed to enhance interoperability between forces and promote regional stability and security. (Sgt. Daniel Cole, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs)

YAVORIV, Ukraine -- Soldiers from participant nations stand in formation July 8 during the opening ceremony for Exercise Rapid Trident 2013 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center here. Rapid Trident 2013 is a U.S. Army-Europe led, multinational field training and command post exercise occurring at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Yavoriv, Ukraine July 8 to 19 that involves approximately 1,300 troops from 17 different nations. The exercise is designed to enhance interoperability between forces and promote regional stability and security. (Sgt. Daniel Cole, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs)

YAVORIV, Ukraine- Land forces from 17 nations began two weeks of collective training in a ceremony July 8 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center here to mark the official start of Exercise Rapid Trident 2013.

Rapid Trident is a U.S. Army Europe led, U.S. European Command Joint Training and Exercise Program designed to enhance interoperability between forces and promote regional stability and security.

“Over the last several months Ukraine has set the highest of standards, and supported by dedicated planners from our partner countries, has set the conditions for excellent training,” said Exercise Co-Director U.S. Army Col. Alfred Renzi during his remarks at the opening ceremony.

Approximately 1,300 troops from 17 countries including host Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Turkey and the U.S. will participate in this year’s exercise.

The exercise is focused around a week-long field-training exercise, during which the multinational force will conduct operations against a simulated enemy. In preparation for the FTX, units will undergo one week of situational training exercises that focus on key tasks such as countering improvised-explosive devices, convoy operations and patrolling.

This year’s exercise is the 11th iteration of Rapid Trident, which was previously conducted under the name “Peace Shield” from 1998 to 2002.

U.S. units participating in the exercise include an airborne-infantry company from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Observer Coach Trainers from the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, 21st Theater Support Command, U.S. Army Europe and the California Army National Guard.

Visit the Rapid Trident website for up-to-date photos and information.


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