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A Spanish soldier assigned to the BRILAT Brigade aims her HK G36 rifle while holding her position conducting urban combat training during Exercise STEADFAST DEFENDER 2021, Cincu Training Area, Romania [AJFC Naples: PO1 William Dodge]

NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) has been taking part in Exercise STEADFAST DEFENDER 2021 in Romania.


NATO’s quick-reaction troops continue their training in Romania. The Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) has been taking part in Exercise STEADFAST DEFENDER 2021.

STEADFAST DEFENDER 2021 is a NATO-led exercise involving over 9,000 troops from more than 20 NATO Allies and partners. The objective is to ensure that NATO forces are trained, able to operate together and ready to respond to any threat from any direction. This NATO Multimedia footage, released Monday 31st May, includes various shots of VJTF units from Albania, Italy, Romania, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

©NATO Multimedia

Shot list:-

  1. (00:00) Drone shots (no sound) showing armoured vehicles from United Kingdom, Romania and Turkey moving across training ground.
  2. (00:26) Turkish armoured vehicles and Turkish soldiers lined up along ridgeway
  3. (00:44) Spanish armoured vehicles and Spanish troops lined up on training ground
  4. (00:57) Drone shot (no sound) of Italian infantry fighting vehicles firing on training ground
  5. (01:05) US soldiers carry SABOT training round to tank
  6. (01:32) US M1A1 Abrams tanks moving across training ground
  7. (01:57) US M1A1 Abrams tanks firing
  8. (02:08) Turkish troops simulate medical casualty training
  9. (02:24) Soldiers from Italy, turkey and the UK take part in a briefing
  10. (02:33) Albanian military policeman listens to briefing
  11. (02:48) Turkish military policeman standing at checkpoint, Turkish armoured vehicle passes
  12. (02:48) Albanian and Turkish military police officers standing together
  13. (02:50) Albanian Military Police officer waving Turkish armoured vehicle through checkpoint
  14. (02:59) Turkish and Albanian Military Police officers and Turkish troops come under a simulated attack on a checkpoint
  15. (03:13) Turkish troops attend to a mock medical casualty
  16. (03:25) Spanish armoured vehicles in a convoy
  17. (03:32) Turkish troops practise searching for explosive ordnance
  18. (03:48) Turkish troops simulate protection of Turkish convoy
  19. (04:16) Drone shots (no sound) – convoy of Spanish, Turkish, Romanian armoured vehicles
  20. (04:43) Romanian troops carrying ammunition boxes
  21. (05:01) Romanian soldiers practise firing rocket-propelled grenades
  22. (05:49) Italian soldier stands next to tree holding a Beretta ARX160
  23. (05:56) Italian soldiers walking through undergrowth
  24. (05:59) Italian soldiers practise coming under attack
  25. (06:02) Italian soldiers lying on ground firing weapons
  26. (06:33) Drone shot – US M1A1 Abrams tanks lined up in a row on training ground
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