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Jan 27 2021

NATO training teams carry out virtual training with Ukraine’s Armed Forces

RAMSTEIN, Germany – On January 26 - 27, a team from NATO’s Allied Air Command delivered Joint Terminal Attack Controller training to members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces via a virtual meeting hosted from the Allied Air Command Headquarters.

The aim of this training was to share expertise and experience with 15 members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces on tactics, techniques and procedures for tactical level close air support. The training team consisted of experienced specialists and subject matter experts.

For the Ukrainian Armed Forces it is indispensable to learn about the principles and procedures NATO air forces work to; we can use this best practice in the development of our own tactics

“We value the opportunity to share knowledge and ideas with our NATO friends,” said Colonel Turyanskiy, Ukrainian Army Aviation. “For the Ukrainian Armed Forces it is indispensable to learn about the principles and procedures NATO air forces work to; we can use this best practice in the development of our own tactics,” he added.

Brigadier General Ertunç Ertufanli, Deputy Chief of Staff Plans, Allied Air Command, welcomes the participants from the Ukrainian Armed Forces before the two days of Joint Terminal Air Controller training commenced. Photo by Allied Air Command. 

The training is the first in a series of such events scheduled to take place this year and the first held virtually due to Covid-19. Visits of Mobile Training Teams to NATO partner countries like Ukraine are highly beneficial for both Allies and partners as they enhance mutual trust and interoperability. Partnership visits are also a unique opportunity to share experience.

Despite the challenges presented by Covid-19 we continue to look for innovative ways to strengthen our partnerships. We will deliver on the commitments made to our partners, contributing to NATO’s overall effort of increasing Euro-Atlantic stability
 

"It is always a pleasure working with our Ukrainian partners,” said Brigadier General Ertunç Ertufanli, Deputy Chief of Staff Plans, Allied Air Command. "Despite the challenges presented by Covid-19 we continue to look for innovative ways to strengthen our partnerships. We will deliver on the commitments made to our partners, contributing to NATO’s overall effort of increasing Euro-Atlantic stability,” he added.

Since early 1994 Ukraine has been a member of the NATO Partnership for Peace. Relations between NATO and Ukraine date back to the early 1990s and have since developed into one of the most substantial of NATO’s partnerships. Since 2014, in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, cooperation has been intensified in critical areas.

The NATO Military Partnership Programme contributes to increased international stability and security through cooperative engagement with forces of non-NATO countries. Over the past 25 years, the Alliance has developed a network of 40  partner countries around the world. NATO pursues dialogue and practical cooperation with these nations on a wide range of political and security-related issues.

Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office

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