2200 Swedish personnel are participating in exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE in land, sea and air capacities - Photo by the Swedish Armed Forces
– The Swedish Armed Forces have provided a significant
contribution to NATO exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE by deploying extensive military
capabilities by land, sea and air with over 2200 Swedish personnel
participating throughout Norway.
"A very important lesson learned for us is that our participation in the exercise
TRJE 18 has showed us that our way of training really works in a multinational
context," said Lieutenant Colonel Joakim Saviniemi (CO 212 Fighter Squadron). "This has given us a good opportunity to show the Alliance that the
Swedish Jas 39 Unit is a very flexible unit, and can be tasked for multiple
missions in complex scenarios. Even though we aren't a NATO member, we have the
ability and skill to plan, execute and evaluate large force compositions in an
effective and safe manner.''
strengthening its national defence capability with a view on operations,
exercises such as these provide a valuable opportunity for nations to practice
their own procedures, and then cooperate with multi-national forces in larger
operations. Sweden has participated in many NATO exercises and is forming a new
Regiment this year as part of the new national Defence Policy.
"I have been on a
NATO exercise about once a year and the level of cooperation and mutual benefit
is very visible and improves each time - it is also important that we as a
country continue to concentrate on home defence in the current security climate,''
said Major Torbjörn Johansson Company Maintenance Chief. "I am really proud to
see our young people join our Swedish Air Force and this helps our population
understand our role and its importance to national defence.''