Exercise Vigilant Knife was an exercise that involved British troops and the Finnish and Swedish armed forces.
According to the Ministry of Defence, the maneuvers offered an increase in “inter-operability” in both Sweden and Finland as they bid to join NATO. They were held in Rovaniemi in northern Finland and Rovajarvi.
This exercise was held against the backdrop the Ukraine war, which has sharpened European minds about security on the continent in the face Russian aggression.
It was revealed that the RAF had sent four Typhoons as well as two F-35Bs from Finland to Sweden in July for joint training exercises.
In May, Finland signed a mutually security assurance declaration with Britain. It is also a member the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force. This coalition includes 10 countries.
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Ben Wallace, Defence Secretary, stated that “While there is war across Europe, it’s more important than ever for us to strengthen our international relationships.”
“We are pleased to welcome Finland’s and Sweden’s applications to join NATO. We will continue to exercise together so that we can face common security challenges.
“Exercise Vigilant Knife provides a valuable opportunity for UK personnel, which allows them to improve their skills and experience in war fighting in cold conditions. This will enable them to be more effective on the battlefield with their Finnish and Swedish counterparts.”