British troops in ‘high-readiness exercise’ with Finnish and US forces

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British troops have taken part in a joint “high-readiness exercise” alongside Finnish forces, as Finland moves closer to joining NATO.

About 150 British Army and Royal Air force personnel joined US and Finnish counterparts in the four-day Exercise Vigilant Fox, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

The joint exercise comes after NATO signed an accession protocol with Finland to join the military alliance earlier this month, which began the ratification process for members.

Finland and Sweden both confirmed their intention to join NATO following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Earlier this month it emerged that the RAF has sent four Typhoons and two F-35Bs to Finland and Sweden for joint training exercises.

Finland signed a mutual security assurance declaration with the UK in May, and is also a member of the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force, a coalition of 10 nations.

The MoD said British troops based in Estonia as part of the British Army’s Project Unified Stance were flown into Finland in Royal Air Force Chinook helicopters as part of the exercise.

Photo – Finnish Army units and a British light infantry company, C Coy 2 Rifles during  training together in Southern Finland. Puolustusvoimat – Försvarsmakten 

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