The goal of the exercise is to enhance cooperation in the event of a conflict in Sweden or its whereabouts, to let the US forces acquaint themselves with the Swedish terrain and to signal its commitment to a potential attacker.
The Swedish military has revealed ongoing secret drills between the Swedish and US special forces.
The exercise that is currently underway is supported by the navy and the air force and is largely about American special forces soldiers getting to know the Swedish terrain, for example, the country’s archipelago environment. This year’s unique weather conditions are also being taken into consideration.
Social Democrat Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist argued that this type of drill strengthens the country’s defence capability.
“This collaboration is a resource, which means that if you choose to act in a crisis situation, you can do it very early and in an effective way. It is also a very clear signal of a currently-ongoing upgrade of capabilities of the Swedish Armed Forces, which raises us in comparison with what it has looked like before,” Hultqvist told SVT.
According to SVT, the underlying message is that if a foreign power considers entering Sweden, the power should be aware that American special forces now also know Swedish terrain and will come to Sweden’s rescue and make…