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 Sep 21 2020

Allied Air Defence troops set for testing exercise

RAMSTEIN, Germany - Exercise Tobruq Legacy 20, currently being conducted in Lithuania involving almost 900 personnel and a number of various Surface Based Air Defence systems, has completed exercise preparation and is poised to launch the execution phase.

An important part of the last week was conducting training that included the employment of Standing Operation Procedures; this was led by NATO subject matter experts. The ability for Allied members to operate using common tactics, techniques and procedures is key to build greater cohesion across the Alliance.

The main goals of the first week of the exercise have been completed and the participating units and commanders are ready for action.

“The main goals of the first week of the exercise have been completed and the participating units and commanders are ready for action. Significant collaborative effort has been afforded towards the initial preparation phase which has facilitated command, control and communication relationships between the participating nations. 

This endeavor stands testament to our resolve to work collaboratively with our Allies and partners,” said Lieutenant Colonel Vitalijus Sadrejevas, Exercise Director Tobruq legacy. 

The multinational team worked day and night, leveraging a highly capable group of communication specialists who set the conditions for the effective exchange of information, which mission success ultimately relies upon. Today’s battlefield is a highly networked and connected space, this hard work outlines the Allies ability to operate together effectively.

The performance of exercise participants from 10 different NATO nations showcases the alliance’s commitment to enhance interoperability. The troops are now set to deploy onto the exercise area in order to carry out drills and live firing training, demonstrating that it is not just aircraft that keep NATO’s skies safe.


Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office

An air defender come out of cover as he readies his man portable air defence system. Photo courtesy of Ex Tobruq Legacy PA Office
Air defence specialists test command and control systems in preparation for the exercise. Photo courtesy of Ex Tobruq Legacy PA office. 
French airman guards air defence site. Photo courtesy of Ex Tobruq Legacy PA office.

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