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RAPID TRIDENT 2019 ~ Brief Initial Update On FTX

Ukrainian troops searching for a High Value Target in an urban complex [©BM]
The Field Training Exercise phase of RAPID TRIDENT 2019 is in full swing on the Yavoriv Training Area in Ukraine and JOINT-FORCES is in-theatre to cover it, writes Bob Morrison.


As previously mentioned, RAPID TRIDENT is an annual, multinational exercise intended to serve as the validation for the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence units undergoing training at the Ukrainian-led Combat Training Center, under the advisement of allied and partner nations.

When we joined the exercise this morning the troops were well into the final week of training and evaluation, under the watchful eyes of a multinational team of Evaluators drawn from across the breadth of the NATO Alliance and PfP (Partnership for Peace) nations. At just one location we spotted highly experienced Bosnian, Lithuanian, German and Moldovan officers working in unison to assess Ukrainian troops’ performance and advise them how they could have tweaked TTP (Tactics, Techniques and Procedures) to achieve better or different final results to achieve their objectives in certain scenarios.

The accompanying images will hopefully give readers a brief insight of some of what we saw today and, if all goes to plan, we hope to be out on the ground again at Yavoriv tomorrow to see other facets of the exercise. In the not too distant future, once back in the UK and after clearing the backlog from a busy September, we intend to bring a more detailed feature on the exercise – and for camouflage buffs we will also run a Kit & Camo feature on the M2014 pixelated summer pattern.

[ images © Bob Morrison ]

Watched by Evaluators, a platoon commander negotiates with militia at an improvised roadblock [©BM]
Casualty evacuation by Mi-8M helicopter [©BM]
CBRN decontamination team at work [©BM]
RAPID TRIDENT has given us the chance to photograph some vehicles and kit rarely seen on these pages [©BM]

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