Rapid Trident, led by Ukraine, will improve interoperability between the US and NATO.

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Rapid Trident, led by Ukraine, will improve interoperability between the US and NATO.

The Rapid Trident 21 exercise, which aims to improve interoperability between Ukraine, the United States, and NATO partners, kicked off on Monday with an opening ceremony at Central City Stadium near Yavoriv, Ukraine, and will go until October 1.

The yearly exercise, which is the final training event for Ukrainian Land Force troops before deployment, has been a 25-year partnership between the US and Ukraine.

“This exercise is not only another step of military skills improvement,” Ukrainian Brig. Gen. Vladyslav Klochkov, co-director of Rapid Trident 21 on the Ukrainian side, stated in a news release after speaking at the opening ceremony in Ukraine on Monday.

“It will enhance our troops’ operational capabilities and promote interoperability between units and headquarters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the US, and NATO partners,” Klochkov added.

According to a release from the US Army Europe and Africa, the Ukrainian-led and US Army Europe and Africa-assisted exercise is being held this year at the International Peacekeeping Security Center near Yavoriv, Ukraine.

The goal of the exercise is to improve interoperability among ally and partner countries and demonstrate that they are prepared to respond to any crisis.

The exercise began Monday with an opening ceremony at Central City Stadium near Yavoriv, Ukraine, attended by allied and partner service members from 15 countries.

Under the guise of Partnership for Peace, a cooperative initiative for NATO and Euro-Atlantic partner countries, about 300 US soldiers will participate in the yearly exercise, along with 6,000 multinational forces.

“In the name of our children, families, and people for peace, happiness, and prosperity, we have opened a new page in history in unity and with Rapid Trident,” stated Ukrainian Maj. Gen. Ihor Palagnyuk, head of the Land Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

According to officials, the training will consist of brigade-level computer assisted exercises with platoon-level maneuver training, as well as brigade-level field training with security and stability operations.

The Washington Army National Guard’s 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, which has been deployed since April in support of the Joint Multinational Training Group Ukraine, and approximately 150 other US Army officials make up the US contingent.

Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Lithuania, the Republic of Moldova, Pakistan, the Republic of Poland, Romania, and the United States are among the countries taking part in the exercise. Article Summary from Nokia News

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