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BALTIC UNITY ~ Swedish and US SOF

Special Tactics Operators assigned to the 352d Special Operations Wing prepare to exit a Swedish MC-130H with MRZRs during a mission with Swedish Special Forces, 11 November 2020 [US Army: Sgt Patrik Orcutt]
Swedish and US SOF (Special Operations Forces) have been cooperating in Southern Sweden on the bilateral Exercise BALTIC UNITY.

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The recent Swedish-led Exercise BALTIC UNITY, consisting of both Conventional and Special Operations Forces, occurred in land, air and maritime domains to test combined military options, rapid response capabilities, and readiness to support Swedish defence and the Baltic Sea Region. American participants included the Mildenhall-based US Air Force 352 Special Operations Wing (352d SOW) and US Navy Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman and Special Reconnaissance Unmanned Underwater Vehicle operators.

Special Operations Forces create conditions for a rapid response to an imminent threat with air, land, and maritime capabilities to enhance stability in the region.

Swedish C-130H pilots fly with Swedish Special Forces and Special Tactics Operators assigned to the 352d SOW during a bilateral exercise at Såtenäs Air Wing, Sweden, 11 November 11 2020
[US Army: Sgt Patrik Orcutt]
Special Tactics Operators assigned to the 352d SOW pack their parachutes after a static line jump with Swedish Special Forces, 10 November 2020 [US Army: Sgt Patrik Orcutt]
An MC-130J Commando II Hercules assigned to the 352d SOW lands at Såtenäs Air Wing, Sweden, on 06 November 2020 [US Army: Sgt Patrik Orcutt]

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USAF News Release, 12 November 2020: This November, the 352d Special Operations Wing is participating in a multi-domain, joint exercise in various locations with Swedish Armed Forces. This training includes assets from both partner nations’ air, land and maritime components, who are working together to increase interoperability and relationships for future collaborative events.

“The US forces are incredibly honoured that our Swedish Special Operations Command partners invited us to stage and exercise with them here in Sweden. Our partners are highly capable professional operators, and we look forward to our continued collaboration throughout the Baltic Sea region,” said Joint Special Operations Task Force deputy commander of the exercise, Lt. Col. Houston Hodgkinson.

This bilateral exercise demonstrates the ability of Swedish and US Special Operations Forces, Air Forces and other components, to deploy and respond to a crisis in this area of responsibility.

“This exercise provides the opportunity to train with SOF partners as well as US and Swedish conventional forces across all warfighting functions and domains. This allows us to train how we will fight, while also highlighting the credibility and capability of our combined forces,” said JSOTF commander of the exercise, Col. Nathan Owendoff. “The additive benefit is the critical value of building trust and strengthening relationships between commanders, element leaders, and special operations forces across multiple echelons.”

Special Tactics Operators assigned to the 352d SOW radio to a Swedish MC-130H during controlled landings and take-offs in Sweden, 09 November 2020 [US Army: Sgt Patrik Orcutt]

Swedish and US forces conduct joint exercises across air, land and sea domains to further readiness and response capabilities within the Baltic Sea region. These exercises integrate both partner nations’ SOF capabilities with the conventional force missions and improve upon collaborative initiatives.

“The strength of Swedish and US Special Operations Forces together enable conventional armed forces to defend the region. We remain committed to cooperative security around the Baltic Sea,” said the Swedish exercise director, from SWESOCOM.

[Capt Kevyn Stinett, 352d SOW Public Affairs]

Special Tactics Operators assigned to the 352d SOW load an MRZR onto a Swedish C-130H for a mission with Swedish Special Forces during BALTIC UNITY [US Army: Sgt Patrik Orcutt]

US Navy Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman assigned to Naval Special Warfare Command navigate a Combatant Craft Medium (CCM) through the Baltic Sea near Karlskrona, Sweden, 06November 2020
[US Navy: MC2 Matthew Young]
US Navy Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman navigate a Combatant Craft Medium (CCM) through the Baltic Sea near Karlskrona, Sweden during a bilateral exercise, 06 November 2020
[US Navy: MC2 Matthew Young]
US Navy Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman and Special Reconnaissance Unmanned Underwater Vehicle operators perform UUV launch and recovery training 06 November 2020
[US Navy: MC2 Matthew Young]
Swedish Special Forces, US Navy Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman and Special Reconnaissance Unmanned Underwater Vehicle operators perform UUV launch and recovery training utilising a Combatant Craft Medium [US Navy: MC2 Matthew Young]
US Navy Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman and Special Reconnaissance Unmanned Underwater Vehicle operators perform UUV launch and recovery training 06 November 2020
[US Navy: MC2 Matthew Young]
A Saab JAS 39 Gripen lands at Såtenäs Air Wing, Sweden, on 09 November 2020 to support the bilateral exercise of air, land, and sea capabilities in the Baltic Sea region [US Army: Sgt Patrik Orcutt]

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