40 Commando took part in the Swedish Army’s force-on-force exercise – Ex NORTHERN WIND – in the sub-Arctic, say the Ministry of Defence.
“NORTHERN WINDS was designed to enhance high intensity war-fighting skills in a multinational environment with extreme weather conditions.”
It comes as the Swedish Army aims to increase their ability to face an attack on northern Sweden. As the UK’s cold weather experts, the Royal Marines were best suited deploy and operate with their Scandinavian counterparts.
According to a statement from the Swedish Ministry of Defence, the aim of Northern Wind is to develop Sweden’s national defence, and the exercise is expected to enhance Sweden’s capability to conduct combat operations at brigade level with units from other nations.
“Because the Exercise is being conducted in northern Sweden in a winter climate, it will provide participating units with favourable conditions to enhance their winter warfare capabilities. During Northern Wind, 192 Mechanized Battalion from the Norrbotten Regiment will conduct refresher training. The Battalion, with its 800 soldiers and officers, is the largest Swedish contribution to the exercise.
Most of the participants come from our priority partner nations: Finland, Norway, the USA and the UK. For this reason, the exercise will further develop our ability to give support to and receive support from other nations, Host Nation Support.”
A total of 10,000 personnel is participating in the exercise. Of these, approximately 7,000 comes from: Finland, Norway, USA and Great Britain.