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UK forces to exercise in Finland

UK forces are to train alongside troops from Latvia, the USA and Estonia in Finland’s ARROW 22 mechanised exercise taking place 2-22 May 2022.

Led by Finland’s armoured brigade, ARROW 22 will take place in Niinisalo with the aim of developing mechanised units’ operating in a multinational environment and the capability for receiving international assistance and providing host nation support.

Additionally, the purpose is to develop the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF) joint fires.

ARROW 22 will be participated by FDF personnel and conscripts from the Armoured Brigade, Pori Brigade, Karelia Brigade, No.1. and No.2. Logistics Regiments, Utti Jaeger Regiment, FDF C5 Agency, Army Command, and personnel from the Army Academy’s Armour School.

The exercise will also involve Finnish Air Force and Finnish Army aviation.

The exercise will be participated by visiting forces from the UK, Latvia, the USA and Estonia.

The training unit from the UK will be an 120-strong mechanised infantry tank company with the Challenger 2 main battle tank as their main equipment.

The Latvian training unit to the exercise will be a mechanised infantry platoon with the strength of circa 40 personnel equipped with Finnish-made new Patria armoured vehicles.

The USAREUR Cavalry Regiment’s strength in the exercise composition will be circa 110 personnel with Stryker armoured fighting vehicles as their main equipment.

The Estonian training audience unit will be a 40-personnel-strong armoured jaeger platoon equipped with CV9035 infantry fighting vehicles.

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