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RAPID TRIDENT 2019 Underway In Ukraine

A Ukrainian Special Forces team moves in unison and prepares to rescue a training hostage, Yavoriv, 20 Sept 2019 [USANG: Staff Sgt. Eddie Siguenza]
RAPID TRIDENT 2019, a fourteen nation joint and combined readiness and interoperability exercise, is currently well underway at Yavoriv in Ukraine.

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RAPID TRIDENT is an annual, multinational exercise that serves as the validation for Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense unit currently undergoing training at the Ukrainian-led Combat Training Center, under the advisement of allied and partner nations.

This year’s exercise is taking place from 13th until 28th September and involves approximately 3,700 personnel from 14 nations. It focuses on enhancing joint and combined readiness and interoperability among allied and partner nations, and is composed of a computer-assisted command post exercise (CAX/CPX) integrated with situational training exercises (STX), and a field training exercise (FTX). RAPID TRIDENT is intended to demonstrate that the US, her allies and partner nations are poised and ready to respond to any crisis.

Yesterday, Friday 20th September, dignitaries including Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andrii Zahorodniuk, and Anna Kovalenko, deputy chief of Ukraine Presidents Office, attended a demonstration that showcased the progress of Ukraine’s military transition to NATO standards and capabilities. JOINT-FORCES.com was also invited to attend, but the logistics of relocating from Op Beyond The Horizon in Central Spain on Thursday to Yavoriv in Ukraine in time for the start of the RAPID TRIDENT 2019 Distinguished Visitors Day on Friday morning regrettably made this impossible. However the accompanying images provided by US Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Eddie Siguenza and US Army Sgt. Kyle Larsen somewhat compensate for our disappointment.

Soldiers from the Armed Forces of Ukraine use a vehicle for cover as they advance on their objective during a fire team movement and room clearing demonstration, Yavoriv, 20 Sept 2019 [US Army: Sgt. Kyle Larsen]
A Ukrainian Special Forces team rolls into a ‘react to contact’ simulated situation, Yavoriv, 20 Sept 2019 [USANG: Staff Sgt. Eddie Siguenza]
A soldier from the Armed Forces of Ukraine enters a window during a fire team movement and room clearing demonstration, Yavoriv, 20 Sept 2019 [US Army: Sgt. Kyle Larsen]
Soldiers from the Armed Forces of Ukraine provide fire suppression for their fellow soldiers during a fire team movement and room clearing demonstration, Yavoriv, 20 Sept 2019 [US Army: Sgt. Kyle Larsen]
A Ukrainian Special Forces team that features women moves into the (simulated) fight, Yavoriv, 20 Sept 2019 [USANG: Staff Sgt. Eddie Siguenza]
A Ukrainian Special Forces team unite efforts to enter a building to rescue a training hostage, Yavoriv, 20 Sept 2019 [USANG: Staff Sgt. Eddie Siguenza]
Soldiers from the Armed Forces of Ukraine stack on a building as they prepare to assault their objective during a fire team movement and room clearing demonstration, Yavoriv, 20 Sept 2019 [US Army: Sgt. Kyle Larsen]
Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) dismount a vehicle during a fire team movement and room clearing demonstration, Yavoriv, 20 Sept 2019 [US Army: Sgt. Kyle Larsen]

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