(CUMBRIA, United Kingdom) — United Kingdom Signal Regiment and Special Operations Command, Europe (SOCEUR) Signal Detachment (SSD) conducted combined communications training at Royal Air Force Station Spadeadam April 19-22. Spadeadam is the only electronic warfare tactics facility in Europe where aircrews can practice maneuvers and tactics against a threats and targets that they face in contemporary warfare.
The exercise, designed to increase interoperability between the two NATO allies, facilitated mutual understanding of the combined tactical communication used by the U.K. and U.S.
"The training we conducted with the U.K. communicators was beneficial and realistic to battlefield operations as interoperability between allies is critical to the success of NATO missions," said U.S. Army Sgt. Dayson Lindsay, a senior satellite communication system operator-maintainer.
Participants validated communication systems by troubleshooting software and hardware errors, implementing combined radio networks and training on international radio protocols to communicate effectively.
"Enabling an effective mission command requires combined communications in today's complex military environment,” Sgt. Lindsay continued.
During the combined training event, the communicators explained and demonstrated each other's communications equipment capabilities and functionality. This was followed by bridging solutions to facilitate secure communications between U.S. and U.K. radios.
"Working with the U.K. communicators has helped us improve communications interoperability by developing tactics and procedures that we can carry forward to future combined operations," said U.S. Army Sgt. Andrew Reyes, a senior radio operator-maintainer from 112th Special Operations Signal Battalion (Airborne), assigned to SSD.
The SOCEUR communicators regularly conduct combined communications training throughout Europe to bridge partner radio systems between NATO allies and implement secure radio solutions for combat units.
SOCEUR employs Special Operations Forces across the United States European Command area of responsibility to enable deterrence, strengthen European security collective capabilities and interoperability, and counter transnational threats to protect U.S. personnel and interests.