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New NATO Multinational Battlegroup In Slovakia

A Slovakian BMP infantry fighting vehicle driving through mud during exercise STRONG COHESION 2022 in Slovakia [© NATO Multimedia]

NATO’s new multinational battlegroup in Slovakia is now officially operational, following months of deployments and integration training.

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NATO’s new multinational battlegroup in Slovakia is now officially operational, following months of deployments and integration training. Troops from Czechia, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United States took part in exercise STRONG COHESION 2022, an exercise designed to run the battlegroup through its paces and prove its ability to work together as a unified command. At the conclusion of the exercise, a team of representatives from each country deployed with the battlegroup, declared the battlegroup was ready to assume its duties. The exercise ran from 20 to 22 September.

Following Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, NATO decided to establish four new multinational battlegroups in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia, while upgrading other battlegroups into formations capable of commanding a full brigade’s worth of troops. These actions significantly bolster NATO’s ability to deter and defend against any aggression in the eastern part of the Alliance.

[© NATO Multimedia]

This NATO Multimedia footage, captured in late September and released 5th October, includes shots of battlegroup troops and armoured vehicles manoeuvring during the exercise, and interviews with Colonel Ladislav Bujárek, NATO battlegroup commander, and Captain Andrew Rebar, Manoeuvre Advisor Team Leader, US Army.

Shot list:-

  • 00:00 ~ Scenic view of the Lest training centre in Slovakia
  • 00:05 ~ German Boxer Multirole Armoured Vehicles during exercise STRONG COHESION 2022
  • 00:26 ~ German soldier looking through binoculars
  • 00:32 ~ German soldier firing a flare gun
  • 00:36 ~ German Boxer Multirole Armoured Vehicle drives through a cloud of smoke
  • 00:45 ~ Slovak BMP infantry fighting vehicles manoeuvring through the training area
  • 02:03 ~ (mute) Slovak BMP infantry fighting vehicles manoeuvring through the training area
  • 02:13 ~ Czech infantry fighting vehicle Pandur II hiding
  • 02:16 ~ Czech infantry soldiers on spotting mission
  • 02:32 ~ Slovak BMP infantry fighting vehicle driving through a cloud of smoke
  • 02:36 ~ (mute) German armoured personnel carrier moving through the training area
  • 02:47 ~ US Army soldiers moving through the training area
  • 03:07 ~ US Army soldier firing a rifle from a hiding spot in a forest
  • 03:11 ~ US Army soldiers moving through the training area
  • 03:25 ~ US And Slovak soldiers working together
  • 03:29 ~ US soldiers storming a village in a simulated exercise
  • 03:44 ~ US and Slovak soldiers going over tactics together
  • 03:47 ~ US soldier on the lookout in a simulated exercise
  • 03:52 ~ Enemy forces hiding in a building in a simulated exercise
  • 03:55 ~ US soldiers storming a village occupied by enemy forces in a simulated exercise
  • 04:29 ~ Slovak shoulder patch
  • 04:32 ~ US soldier resting with simulated injuries
  • 04:36 ~ US soldiers spotting through a window
  • 04:39 ~ US soldiers training in a chemical attack scenario
  • 04:57 ~ US soldiers storming a village in a simulated exercise
  • 05:22 ~ (mute) Slovak BMP infantry fighting vehicles manoeuvring through the training area
  • 06:16 ~ soundbite – Czech Army Colonel Ladislav Bujárek, NATO Battlegroup Commander
  • 06:31 ~ soundbite – Czech Army Colonel Ladislav Bujárek
  • 06:50 ~ soundbite – Czech Army Colonel Ladislav Bujárek
  • 06:57 ~ soundbite – Czech Army Colonel Ladislav Bujárek
  • 07:09 ~ soundbite – US Army Captain Andrew Rebar, Manoeuvre Advisor Team Leader
  • 07:28 ~ soundbite English – US Army Captain Andrew Rebar

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