Exercise NORTHERN WIND 19 is taking place in a strategically important area during a time where partnerships and cooperation are vital. The exercise is designed to allow freedom of manoeuvre in the North of Sweden, where both Sweden and Finland will defend sovereign territory until the enemy are defeated.
"I and my personnel have been preparing for Exercise NORTHERN WIND 19 for some time. We are very excited and confident that we will put our training into practice and perform our duties well. All ranks are very aware of the importance of defensive operations, said Sergeant Per-Ola Mjomark Swedish Armed Forces Reserve.
"There are many of us here who have served alongside NATO Forces in operations, and so the opportunity to train alongside Finland and NATO members will be very beneficial." Following Exercise NORTHERN WIND 19, planning will be underway for Sweden's Total Defence exercise next year, Exercise AURORA. This will not only build upon valuable lessons learned during NORTHERN WIND, but will include all levels of home defence including security, emergency and civic authorities.
Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office