Swedish, U.S. Marines Practice Joint Operations
STOCKHOLM — Swedish Marines and U.S. Marines are currently practicing finding common approaches in order to fight in the Swedish archipelago, the Swedish Armed Forces said in a Sept. 3 release.
The exercise Archipelago Endeavor 2018 is a part of the letter of intent that was signed between Sweden and the United States at a political level in 2016. Exercise Archipelago Endeavour 2018 is being executed in the Stockholm archipelago.
“Archipelago Endeavour is an important exercise for us at the 1st Marine Regiment. At the present, there is only one marine battalion in Sweden, and in order for us to develop our abilities we need to practice and exchange experiences between other equivalent units, such as the U.S Marines,” said Lt. Col. Patrik Berge, commander of the Swedish 2nd Marine Battalion.
This is the first time that American and Swedish Marines have been integrated into an amphibious rifle company with a joint commander. The exercise is being carried out over three weeks and there are many stages that the company will need to practice. The goal for the unit is to carry out a joint company assault in the outer archipelago in the last week of the exercise.
“Right now, we are carrying out preparatory exercises for the upcoming company assault next week. The exercises are carried out at group, platoon and company level in order to allow soldiers and officers to share and learn from each other’s experiences and knowledge,” said Capt. Petter Blandford, company commander of the Swedish 204th Marine Company. “We are from different units but through the exercise Archipelago Endeavour we will jointly be able to carry out assaults in the archipelago environment as a unit.”