On Sunday 4th of June, after 4 days of travel from Poland to Romania, Polish soldiers from 10 Cavalry Brigade in Świętoszów arrived by train at their final destination - Voila Station in Romania. They are assigned to the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (Land) and participate in the Exercise Noble Jump 2017.
On board the train they brought with them 18 armored vehicles: 14 x BMP1, 1 x BMP1 Post Command, 2 x MT-LB (Light Armored Multipurpose Tracked Vehicle), 1 x M113 Post Comand (Tracked Armored personnel carrier) and 4 containers. The train convoy was the second one, carrying heavy equipment. The first one arrived the day before.
Convoys were followed in the afternoon by a Polish flight in Sibiu airport with Polish Coy Commander and his staff on board the C-17 Globemaster from NATO air base in Papa, Hungary which was supporting the Polish detachment movement.
Altogether more than 5,000 NATO troops and associated equipment assigned to the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (Land) completed the last logistical movements into Cincu, Romania June 6 for the exercise.
Lieutenant David Semerjak, deputy commander of Cavalry Coy, from 10. Brigade said: - Arrival at the Noble Jump exercise is a new experience for all the soldiers who came here. This is a new challenge. Romania is a beautiful country. This country is completely different in terms of terrain than Poland. Other challenges and tasks await us. We will perform the tasks and return to Poland.
Wasting no time since arriving, those VJTF(L) units who arrived in Romania since deploying on May 29 have been busy conducting multinational Combat Enhancement Training (CET) missions, which focus on the interoperability between the armed forces of participating countries.
- Any opportunity that we get to train with our multinational partners, and especially other members of NATO, is a great opportunity for us” - said US Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Adam Sprinkle, an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter pilot assigned to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade from Ansbach, Germany. - Every country operates a little bit differently and building the rapport and the working relationship is an invaluable training point.
Training conducted to date includes everything from basic infantry and armor movements to medical evacuation as well as complex air assault missions. Another week’s worth of Force Integration Training (FIT) will follow before Noble Jump concludes with an impressive combined arms live fire exercise on June 14.
Designed to test the core elements of NATO’s Readiness Action Plan (RAP), Noble Jump is putting the VJTF(L) through its paces by rapidly deploying it to an assigned area of operations.
The VJTF(L) have deployed from bases in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland, Norway and Albania and have been reinforced by approximately 2,000 Romanian troops and more than 1,000 enablers.
Arriving by various combinations of air, sea, rail and road, NATO Allies are providing tangible proof that the Alliance is able to deliver a rapid deterrent response to any situation that threatens it.
The exercise involves approximately 5,000 troops and is designed to test rapid deployment of NATO spearhead land forces from bases throughout Europe by land, air, sea, road and rail.