Romanian and US forces have been practicing together on a training ground in Transylvania, northwest Romania.
The exercise, referred to as Operation Justice Sword, is an annual validation exercise for the 280th Romanian Mechanized Battalion.
It saw Romanian troops train alongside soldiers from the United States 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), which has been stationed in Europe since the summer of 2022.
““This training exercise was great because it allowed us to see what our Romanian Allies can do and allowed them to see what we’re capable of and then we can build that trust as we go into the possibility of combat together in the future. Additionally, it helps the people here in Romania to understand that we are here to help support them, we’re Allies and that we’ll fight for them, if called upon,” said Lt. Col. Black, 101st Airborne Division from the U.S. Army.
“The benefits that this interoperability brings to NATO and our Allies is allowing our force, the United States Army, to share our knowledge with an Ally and then also get knowledge from them as well. Specific here in the Cincu training area, we’re working on their terrain, which is a different kind of terrain that we’re used to, we get to see how they work in their terrain and how they are comfortable and then it also allows us to maneuver on different terrain as well to better our capabilities,” said Sg. First Class Daniel Perdue, 101st Airborne Division, U.S Army.
The exercise ran from 27 Oct. to 11 Nov.