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SCREENER 2018 international training exercise prepares 7th Mechanised Brigade and reconnaissance squads

The two-week long training exercise focused on improving both the planning and executing phase of coordinated reconnaissance tasks, manoeuvring of troops during high intensity conflicts, and intelligence gathering and distribution of relevance to the 7th Mechanised Brigade.

Soldiers boarding a helicopter being deployed to the combat zone
Soldiers boarding a helicopter being deployed to the combat zone

The participating units consisted of soldiers from the 71st Mechanised Battalion and 74th Light Motorised Battalion which serve as manoeuvre battalions of the 7th Mechanised Brigade. These units were further complemented by two dozen Czech Land Forces units, units from the 601st Special Forces Group, sections of the Czech Air Force, reservists, and units from Austria, Poland, Slovakia and the United States.

The units primarily practised attack and defence combat manoeuvres against a fictitious enemy utilising reconnaissance and intelligence reports from forward patrols and aerial surveys.

During the "combat" scenarios, the reconnaissance teams supplied commanders and staff with updated reports; provided fresh material for analyses, and details for the planning and decisions of commanders and further actions required.

SCREENER 2018 comprised more than 1,600 soldiers with 290 pieces of military equipment and was concluded on Friday, 25th May. The exercise was carried out at the Libava Military Training Area and Beskydy Protected Landscape Area, and greatly helped to increase combat coordination between allied and partner forces.

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By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek


May 25, 2018


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