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Jul 30 2021

Operational Update Week 30

A British Royal Air Force-led team, deployed to Estonia as part of the multinational enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroup Estonia, led the large-scale Air-Land integration Exercise Furious Wolf. The exercise tested the skills of NATO Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) last week. Ten nations participated in the exercise, including personnel from the NATO (eFP) Battlegroups Lithuania and Poland.

JTACs are special-trained soldiers, equipped with radios and sensors to communicate with aircraft to direct fire support.

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Exercise Furious Wolf runs twice a year and was first created in 2020. It is a JTAC-specific training serial that, on this occasion, exercised 38 JTACs from ten nations currently serving with NATO in the Baltic region. The objective of the exercise was to enable the participants to train together and practice the integration of aircraft with land components.

Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) conducted historic ordnance operations in the Baltic Sea. The objective was to reduce the risk posed by sea-water mines to maritime communities and traffic crossing the Baltic Sea, and provide enhanced training in mine countermeasures operations to SNMCMG1 participating units.

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Following the first and second World Wars several ammunition dumping areas were established in the Baltic Sea. Over time, ordnance drifted from the original sites and/or became buried in the seabed. To this day, the presence of historical sea mines and other explosive remnants of war poses a threat to maritime traffic in the Baltic Sea.

Story by Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum Public Affairs Office / eFP BG PAOs / MARCOM PAO

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