Rapid Trident Opening Ceremony
1 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from thirteen different countries form-up for the opening ceremony of Rapid Trident 16, June 27, in Ukraine. Exercise Rapid Trident is an annual multinational training exercise series held in Ukraine. It is designed to enhance joint combined... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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2 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from 13 different countries form-up for the opening ceremony of Rapid Trident 16 here, June 27, in Ukraine. Exercise Rapid Trident is an annual multinational training exercise series held in Ukraine. It is designed to enhance joint combined ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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3 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Co-Directors of Rapid Trident 16, U.S. Army Col. Nick Ducich (left) and Ukraine Army Col. Eduard Moskalyov (right), welcome the Canadian contigent, June 27, in Ukraine. Exercise Rapid Trident is an annual multinational training exercise series held i... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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4 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Co-director of Rapid Trident 16, Ukraine Army Col. Eduard Moskalyov, welcomes participants from 13 nations to the annual exercise, June 27, in Ukraine. Exercise Rapid Trident is an annual multinational training exercise series held in Ukraine. It is ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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5 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Col. Nick Ducich, co-director of Rapid Trident 16, gives remarks at the opening ceremony of the annual exercise, June 27, in Ukraine. Exercise Rapid Trident is an annual multinational training exercise series held in Ukraine. It is designed to enhanc... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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6 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Col. Nick Ducich, co-director of Rapid Trident 16, gives remarks at the opening ceremony of the annual exercise here June 27th. Exercise Rapid Trident is an annual multinational training exercise series held in Ukraine. It is designed to enhance join... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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7 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Soldiers along with Soldiers from twelve other countries form-up for the opening ceremony of Rapid Trident 16, June 27, in Ukraine. Exercise Rapid Trident is an annual multinational training exercise series held in Ukraine. It is designed to enh... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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8 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – YAVORIV, Ukraine--Soldiers from thirteen different countries form-up for the opening ceremony of Rapid Trident 16, June 27, in Ukraine. Exercise Rapid Trident is an annual multinational training exercise series held in Ukraine. It is designed to enha... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

YAVORIV, Ukraine -- Rapid Trident 16, an exercise involving the U.S., Ukraine and 11 additional NATO and Partnership for Peace nations, officially kicked off at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center here Monday.

Rapid Trident 16's primary focus is on defensive operations and validating training of units attending the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine program at the IPSC. The Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine program consists of a 55-day long rotation that trains Ukraine soldiers in individual and collective tasks.

Ukraine Col. Eduard Moskalyov, co-director of the exercise and first deputy commander of Operational Command North greeted participants and thanked them for their commitment. "I congratulate you on the beginning of the training and hope you feel enthusiasm, vitality of spirit and body, rewarding professional development and mutual support with reliable new comrades in arms," he said.

During the course of the two-week exercise the partner nations will conduct a brigade-level command post exercise integrated with both situational and field training exercises. All of this is aimed at enhancing joint combined interoperability among Ukraine, U.S., allied and partner nations.

"Your training efforts over the next two weeks contribute to the regional security of Europe, expand mutual cooperation, and assist Ukraine in furthering their Defense Reform and Modernization efforts," said U.S. Army Col. Nick Ducich, Co-director of the exercise and commander of JMTG-U speaking to the assembled participants.

The exercise includes nearly 2,000 personnel from Ukraine, the United States, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Great Britain, Moldova, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden and Turkey.

"Today's presence here of such a powerful cohort of our partners and comrades in arms demonstrates the broad international support for the struggle of the Ukrainian nation for sovereignty and territorial integrity as a democratic European state," said Moskalyov.

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