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Saber Strike 16 conducted in Baltics

23rd June 2016 - 14:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


US Marine Corps (USMC) troops from Combat Logistics Regiment 2 out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and Black Sea Rotational Force based in Romania participated in the Saber Strike 16 training and demonstration exercise, it was announced on 20 June.

Over 10,000 service members from the US and 12 NATO countries participated in the exercise that was conducted across Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. The troops conducted realistic training scenarios with allied USMC partners in Latvia.

Maj Christopher Reynolds, the executive officer with Black Sea Rotational Force, said: ‘We fight together with our allies and partners; we combine our efforts, tactics and procedures. The more we work together, the better we get. Working together while using each other’s equipment allowed us to get better at it so we can enhance our collective capabilities.’

Brig Gen Ainars Ozolins, the Latvian Exercise Director for Exercise Saber Strike 16, said: ‘Since 2014, it’s already shown that situations change, therefore it’s important to be with capable forces at the right time and place. Being able to respond to any threat shows our commitment to democracy and our values.’

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