Wednesday July 18, 2012
What is it?
Rapid Trident (RT) is a U.S. European Command Joint Chief of Staff directed exercise held at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Yavoriv, Ukraine. RT is designed to promote regional stability and security, strengthen international military partnering and foster trust while improving interoperability between NATO and partner nations.
This year, approximately 1500 personnel from Ukraine, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Norway and the U.S., as well as representatives from NATO, will participate in the exercise. RT 12 consists of a multi-national command post exercise and a field training exercise. Units will undergo one week of situational training exercises that focus on key tasks which include: counter improvised explosive device, convoy and traffic operations, patrolling operations, as well as training with support assets including helicopters and mortars.
What has the Army done?
U.S. Army Europe has conducted an exercise in the spirit of Partnership for Peace in Ukraine since 1995. Each year the exercise has expanded its level of participation with partner nations. U.S. Army Europe and Ukraine work together to ensure the exercise meets goals for their respective land forces and ties directly into strategic and national military goals and priorities.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Rapid Trident program improves coalition interoperability and promotes understanding and cooperation between military forces and encourages professional exchange with Partnership for Peace partner nations. The program continues to support these objectives and Ukraine's NATO Operational Capabilities Concept and Self Evaluations. Along with bringing more NATO countries to help support their NATO Operational Capabilities Concept Evaluations, the exercise will continue to invite more Partnership for Peace countries.
Why is this important to the Army?
Rapid Trident contributes to U.S. national security interests in Europe and provides partner nation forces combined training opportunities to enhance capabilities to conduct multinational operations. Increased capacity and ready forces contribute directly to regional security and the ability of partner nations in Europe to integrate into and support ongoing military operations. This exercise reinforces bonds between the United States and participating nations and contributes to the strength of the alliance. Ukraine is a key enduring partner and has contributed forces to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
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