"We see a great value in this, as it is almost impossible to do an exercise of this scale with just Finnish troops," says Arvi Tavaila, commander of the Finnish Nyland Brigade.
Finnish and Swedish coastal troops prepare for the upcoming LIVEX -part of Maritime warfare exercise #Silja. Combat Enhancement and Force Integration Training stands for sharing the knowledge and practices to build a strong united force. #navyfi #merivoimat #SFATU #fise #nylbr pic.twitter.com/TPS0Rciwtx— Merivoimat - Finska Marinen - The Finnish Navy (@Navyfi) June 2, 2019
The exercise is taking place on the southwest island of Hästö-Busö. The Finnish Nyland brigade is a predominantly Swedish-speaking unit, which further helps co-operation, says Patrik Gardesten, who is the regimental commander of the Swedish Marines.
In its statement to parliament presented on Monday, Finland's new government specifically mentioned an "intensified" defence co-operation with Sweden as a way to increase the security and stability of the Nordic region.