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ORZYSZ, Poland – The Polish Army hosted Exercise Dragon 2015, their largest manoeuver and training exercise this year, to troops from Canada, Germany, the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Allied partners started the training on Oct. 12 and it culminates on the Oct. 23.
The exercise brought together more than 7,000 troops and approximately 700 tanks and fighting vehicles at Orzysz training ground in northeast Poland.
Both land and air force assets combined resources to battle the opposition in the fictional scenario. The goal of the troops was to defend off aggressors and conduct counterattacks with heavy weapons on the ground while aircraft and helicopters conduct aerial maneuvers. The multi-national program is designed allies to prepare and respond to real world future threats. NATO is in the business of deterring aggression and Exercise Dragon demonstrates the attributes that our allied forces bring to the fight.
“In a darker and more dangerous world, it is vital that we work with our NATO allies so we can respond to any threat,” said U.K. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon in a statement.
Exercise Dragon 2015 is part of a long-term, continuous process of preparing the Polish Armed Forces to implement their constitutional task of the defense of the state. Dragon is a cyclical exercise conducted every two years and has evolved to match the modern art of war, which requires joint operations to be conducted in a diverse battlefield environment.
“I am delighted to be at our training ground with our allies. It highlights the European dimension of NATO. I think that for us it is particularly valuable. We have a close cooperation with our German partners,” said Tomasz Siemoniak, Minister of Defence for Poland.
Training exercises like this one, and Trident Juncture 2015, demonstrate the capabilities of assembling mass troops quickly in a time of crises, a time when aggressors seek to disrupt peace and stability.
Source : NATO
L. J. De Rothschild