Exercise Arctic Shield 18 in the Rovajärvi training exercise area from 27 November to 12 December 2018

The phases of this training exercise will involve altogether approximately 4,800 participating persons in total, mainly from the Kainuu Brigade, Jaeger Brigade and Pori Brigade. Additionally, in conjunction with the mutual defence cooperation between Finland and Sweden, a Swedish Army detachment of 200 soldiers in strength will be partaking in this exercise from 4 to 12 December 2018.

Incorporating all service branches and command levels of the Finnish Army, the training exercise Arctic Shield 18 will entail training cooperation as part of coordinated fires and live exercise combat training. The training objectives will include developing Finnish Army capability across the area of Northern Finland, validating the sustained operating level of the troops trained as well as enhancing multinational interoperability.

The training exercise will feature four phases:

  • marches and troop concentration
  • live fire exercise
  • live exercise combat training
  • return marches

The live fire exercise phase will include conducting the indirect fires and infantry fires part of the conscripts’ unit training period. The live exercise combat training phase will also involve flight activities in the area of Rovajärvi from 7 to 12 December 2018.

The training exercise will be led by Brigadier General Tuomo Repo from the Kainuu Brigade.