Rapid Trident 2021, the multinational military drills are going to start in western Ukraine on September 20. The event is to take place on the premises of the International Centre for Peacekeeping and Safety of the National Academy of Ground Forces in Lviv. The General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces reported that on Facebook.
"Rapid Trident is a pivotal step for Ukraine on its path to NATO; the drills are supposed to increase the level of preparation and efficient response of Ukrainian troops, and to improve the compatibility of staffs of Ukraine's Armed Forces, USA and other NATO members of partner countries", reads the message.
The opening will be hosted by representatives of the Ground Forces, Eastern Operative Command of the Ground Forces, US Army and militaries of other partner countries.
6,000 servicemen from 15 partner countries will join the exercises. For the first time ever, Rapid Trident is to include the tactical drills of a multinational battalion with live fire exercise. Ukrainian and American paratroopers will jump from the US Army's C-130 transport aircraft together.
The maneuvers will be running from September 20 through October 1. The major goal is to prepare multinational forces for a tight teamwork during the coalition's operations.