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Sep 14 2021

Operational Update Week 36

Brunssum, The Netherlands – The multinational enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroups Lithuania and Latvia trained together during exercise Silver Arrow. Exercise Silver Arrow was designed to test/refresh military skills of soldiers serving in the NATO eFP Battlegroups and the multiple NATO military units that participated.

Dutch and Norwegian units from the eFP Battlegroup Lithuania, together with units from Poland, Latvia and the United States, formed the Opposing Force for Canadian, Czech, Italian, Spanish and Slovakian soldiers from the eFP Battlegroup Latvia. Exercises with soldiers from different nations continue to improve NATO's capabilities and interoperability.

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The multinational enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroups Lithuania and Latvia trained together during exercise Silver Arrow. 

In the Czech Republic, the multinational Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) exercise Ample Strike took place with Allied aircraft operating from bases in the Czech Republic and elsewhere. JTACs are highly trained soldiers that work together with aircraft to support ground forces.Brunssum, The Netherlands – The multinational enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroups Lithuania and Latvia trained together during exercise Silver Arrow. Exercise Silver Arrow was designed to test/refresh military skills of soldiers serving in the NATO eFP Battlegroups and the multiple NATO military units that participated.

Dutch and Norwegian units from the eFP Battlegroup Lithuania, together with units from Poland, Latvia and the United States, formed the Opposing Force for Canadian, Czech, Italian, Spanish and Slovakian soldiers from the eFP Battlegroup Latvia. Exercises with soldiers from different nations continue to improve NATO's capabilities and interoperability.

In the Czech Republic, the multinational Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) exercise Ample Strike took place with Allied aircraft operating from bases in the Czech Republic and elsewhere. JTACs are highly trained soldiers that work together with aircraft to support ground forces.

German Eurofighters and Hungarian JAS-39 Gripen jets flew in from their respective home bases at Lechfeld and Kecskeméth to conduct support missions for the JTACs on the ground. MQ-9 Reaper drones, a German Learjet, as well as two Czech L-159 fighters supported the exercise. A Czech Mi-24/35 attack helicopter launched from a forward arming and refuelling point to conduct live firing at the Ondřejov air shooting range.

Ample Strike is the largest live exercise of the Czech Armed Forces this year, and it had a great lift off from the very beginning

"The highlight of the exercise was a live firing serial designed to create theatre realistic training and enhance multinational cooperation. Ample Strike is the largest live exercise of the Czech Armed Forces this year, and it had a great lift off from the very beginning," said Ample Strike Deputy Exercise Director, Lieutenant Colonel Michal Voltr.

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Two Czech L-159 fighters support exercise Ample Strike. 

Story by JFC Brunssum Public Affairs Office

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