Saber Strike 2016

by Nathan Gain and Christina Mackenzie


26349075013_14ea4aefb7_zSome 10 000 personnel from 13 countries today started the annual “Saber Strike” exercise which will run until 22 June 2016. The exercise is aimed at improving joint operational capabilities between the three Baltic states and Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, the United Kingdom and the United States.


Les véhicules Striker du 2nd Cavalry Regiment de l'armée US en vadrouille en Pologne lors de "Dragoon Ride II" (Crédit photo: 2nd Cavalry Regiment/US Army)

Striker vehicles from the US Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment on the move in Poland during “Dragoon Ride II” (Photo credit photo: 2nd Cavalry Regiment/US Army)


Saber Strike has been organised since 2010 by US Army Europe. As a warm-up to the live fire, command and electronic warfare exercises which will take place in the Baltic states, the US Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment, accompanied by German, Polish and Latvian soldiers started a 2,400km “vehicle road march” on 27 May. Split into two columns, the 1,400 soldiers and 400 vehicles left Rose Barracks (Germany), headed for Tapa (Estonia). En route they will undertake two tactical river crossings, one across the Naab river near Weiden an der Oberpfalz  (Germany) in the company of German soldiers on 1 June, and the other, with Polish soldiers, across the Vistula river near Torun (Poland). They will stop in a number of the towns on their way to host public displays of their equipment.


1400 soldats et 400 véhicules rejoindront l'Estonie après avoir traversé six pays et parcouru 2 200 km

Près de 1400 soldats et 400 véhicules du 2nd Cavalry Regiment rejoindront Tapa (Estonie) après avoir traversé l’Allemagne, la République Tchèque, la Pologne, la Lituanie, la Lettonie et l’Estonie, un voyage de plus de 2 400 km


Saber Strike is one of a series of military exercises running concurrently in Eastern Europe in June. Allied forces will be testing the solidity of their eastern front in “Swift Response”, “Iron Wolf” and “Anaconda 2016”, to mention just the bigger ones.


These exercises could be seen as a dress rehearsal prior to the 27th NATO summit to be held on 8-9 July in Warsaw. Amongst the main objectives of this summit: assess the long-term implications of the crisis on NATO’s relations with Russia and consider the next steps.