British troops have taken half in Train Vigilant Knife alongside Swedish and Finnish Armed Forces, additional strengthening interoperability in anticipation of Sweden and Finland’s accession to NATO. The brief discover command-post train passed off in Rovaniemi and Rovajärvi, northern Finland from 29 August to 2 September 2022 and constructed on the success of Train Vigilant Fox which passed off in July. Round 80 British Military personnel from C Firm, 2 Rifles Battlegroup took half within the train, travelling from the island of Santahamina within the south of Finland the place they’re enterprise a 3 month coaching deployment as a part of a safety settlement between the UK and Finland.

Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace stated:” While there’s conflict in Europe, it’s extra essential than ever to strengthen our worldwide partnerships. We welcome Finland and Sweden’s software to affix NATO and can proceed to train collectively so we’re able to face shared safety challenges. Train Vigilant Knife is a useful alternative for UK personnel to develop their expertise and expertise of warfighting in chilly climate circumstances, enabling them to be efficient on the battlefield alongside their Finnish and Swedish counterparts.”


British troops on subject train in Finland.

Fashioned of over 2,000 troops, the worldwide pressure practiced delivering and receiving worldwide help in addition to enhancing tactical and technical interoperability. As a light-weight infantry firm, British personnel supplied anti-tank, sniper and reconnaissance capabilities to the train and had been primarily concerned in each offensive and defensive actions to check the readiness of the Finnish forces alongside the Swedish unit. This added to the invaluable expertise that UK troops have already loved while on deployment in Finland. Working in northern Finland introduced new challenges enabling troops to coach in closely wooded terrain. Enhancing British troops by worldwide workout routines is essential preparation ought to we have to deploy alongside European companions sooner or later.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has signed declarations with Sweden and Finland in the present day to strengthen their safety and fortify northern Europe’s defences, within the face of renewed threats. As a part of elevated defence cooperation with Sweden and Finland, the Prime Minister will provide to extend deployments to the area, together with with Royal Air Pressure, British Military and Royal Navy belongings and personnel. Each Sweden and Finland have performed a key position in supporting Ukraine to defend itself in latest weeks and months, whereas British, Swedish and Finnish forces have exercised collectively throughout the Excessive North and the Baltics. Each nations are a part of the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Pressure taskforce, which brings collectively 10 nations in help of stability and safety within the North Atlantic, Baltic Sea Area and the Excessive North. The assurances made in the present day construct on the already shut ties of that defence grouping.