Joint Force Command Brunssum

Exercise Slovak Shield 2023: Strengthening NATO’s Deterrence and Defence Strategy

Brunssum, The Netherlands – From 13th to 24th March, one of the region’s most important military exercises of the year, Exercise Slovak Shield 2023, took place at the Lešť military training area in Slovakia.

Slovak Shield was designed as a certification exercise for the multinational NATO enhanced Vigilance Activities Battlegroup Slovakia, and represents NATO’s commitment to…the Alliance’s eastern flank. At the same time, it significantly underlined NATO’s deterrence and defence strategy.

The exercise brought together about 2000 soldiers from seven different nations, including Czechia, Germany, Slovenia, the United States, Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland. More than 600 military vehicles took part, including armoured vehicles, tanks, helicopters, and drones. The goal of the exercise was to test the readiness and interoperability of the participating units in a simulated combat scenario.

One of the most noteworthy aspects of Exercise Slovak Shield 2023 was the fact that it was the first-ever joint exercise between Hungarian and Slovak forces. This was a significant development for the two countries. By training together, they demonstrated their commitment to cooperation and partnership within NATO.

The exercise was divided into several phases, each focusing on different aspects of modern warfare. The first phase involved the deployment of troops and equipment to the training area, followed by a series of live-fire exercises….The second phase focused on counterinsurgency operations, which included simulated urban combat scenarios….

The final phase of the exercise involved a large-scale, full-spectrum combat simulation….The scenario involved a simulated invasion of NATO territory by a hostile force, requiring the participating units to coordinate their efforts and respond to a variety of threats.

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