Service members from the U.S., Kuwait, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia got here collectively just lately for Gulf Gunnery 2021, a two-week trilateral gunnery train between the Royal Saudi Land Forces (RSLF), Kuwaiti Land Forces (KLF), and U.S. forces held at Udairi Vary Advanced, Kuwait, Nov. 8-18. Gulf Gunnery is a U.S. Military Central directed, Process Pressure Spartan led train designed to strengthen the relationships and improve interoperability between the three navy forces. Each the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are important regional companions for america, and this train is only one method to improve interplay and cooperation, whereas strengthening the partnerships between all three nations’ forces.

“Gulf Gunnery demonstrated the capability and functionality to conduct trilateral, mixed arms maneuver between Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and U.S. Military forces. Being a veteran of the 1991 Gulf Struggle, it was very particular to witness the identical warrior spirit from the identical associate comrades 30 years later,” stated Maj. Gen. John Rhodes, Commanding Normal, Process Pressure Spartan.


“These troopers got here collectively and realized find out how to talk, each with easy phrases and likewise operational graphics. Once they bought contained in the tank or Bradley, they understood one another’s jobs. They realized totally different techniques, methods, and procedures from one another. It was completely great to see and be part of,” stated Col. Stephan Ruppel-Lee, Process Pressure Spartan Chief of Operations.

U.S. Military troopers from Process Pressure Spartan stand in formation with their Royal Saudi Land Forces and Kuwaiti Land Forces counterparts throughout the opening ceremonies for Gulf Gunnery 2021, Nov 8 at Udairi Vary Advanced, Kuwait.(U.S. Military photograph by Workers Sgt. Marc Heaton)

“The primary aims of Gulf Gunnery 2021 had been to attain interoperability between the three nations, conduct a trilateral gunnery train, strengthen military-to-military relationships, and to advertise the message to our adversaries that our regional partnership is powerful. There’s the apparent success from the navy standpoint in that three totally different international locations got here collectively and skilled in a joint atmosphere with a purpose to higher perceive the others’ operational capabilities. I feel one other simply as equal success was the private connections that had been made between international locations. Whether or not at a lunch or dinner operate with them or out on the ranges,” stated Maj. Matthew Wessler, Process Pressure Spartan’s Kuwait Associate Nation Workforce Deputy.

The train started with crew-level coaching on particular person automobiles to incorporate M1 Abrams tanks from each the KLF and the U.S. Military’s 1st Mixed Arms Battalion, 194th Armor Regiment, in addition to Bradley Preventing Automobiles from the RSLF. It then progressed to platoon-level coaching together with live-fire tables and inner ability evaluations performed by every platoon. The coaching culminated with a mixed company-level gunnery with platoons from every nation taking part. With any train of this scope, months of planning and preparations had been essential to make it successful. Even going through challenges, corresponding to language boundaries and totally different procedures, it was a chance to be taught from one another and was a rewarding expertise for all concerned. Whereas the U.S. has had long-standing partnerships with each Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, this train marked the primary time in over 30-years that every one three nations got here collectively, having not accomplished so for the reason that 1991 Gulf Struggle.

US Army Joins Kuwaiti and Saudi Partners for Gulf Gunnery 2021 Exercise at Udairi Range Complex
M1 Abrams tanks from 1st Battalion, 194th Armor Regiment, Process Pressure Spartan and Bradley Preventing Automobiles from the Royal Saudi Land Forces take part in a live-fire occasion throughout Gulf Gunnery 2021, Nov. 18 at Udairi Vary Advanced, Kuwait.(U.S. Military photograph by Workers Sgt. Marc Heaton)