Sweden to Train Ukrainian Soldiers in Amphibious Combat Techniques

This decision encompasses diverse activities such as training on military equipment donated by Sweden, participation in multilateral training initiatives, etc
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 06:58 AM, February 24, 2024
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Sweden to Train Ukrainian Soldiers in Amphibious Combat Techniques

Sweden will expand training of Ukrainian forces to include amphibious combat techniques and underwater mine clearance among others.

The decision aims to reinforce Ukraine's military capabilities and is a continuation of Sweden's ongoing commitment to support Ukraine in its defense efforts, Swedish defense ministry said in an official release. The training initiative, slated for 2024, builds upon the success of previous Swedish training programs in Ukraine.

Minister for Defence Pål Jonson highlighted the importance of this mandate, stating, "Sweden’s training support has been greatly appreciated by Ukraine. At the same time, Ukraine continues to need additional training activities, such as in the maritime area. Through this mandate, the Swedish Armed Forces can plan training activities for the entire year, which minimises negative effects on the growth of Swedish military capability."

The framework mandate provides the Swedish Armed Forces with the flexibility to plan their activities throughout the year and respond promptly to urgent training needs identified by Ukraine. This decision also enables training to take place both bilaterally and multilaterally, either in Sweden or another EU or NATO member state, demonstrating a commitment to enhancing regional cooperation.

The training package, based on experience gained in 2023 and assessments of new requirements, is anticipated to involve upwards of 18,000 Ukrainian students participating in various training activities throughout 2024, with Swedish instructors actively contributing to the programs.

Notably, the decision extends beyond traditional military training, encompassing diverse activities such as training on military equipment donated by Sweden, participation in multilateral training initiatives, and leadership training for prospective group or platoon leaders. The content of the training package is also aligned with the capabilities coalitions formed within the framework of the Ukraine Defence Contact Group.

Sweden's existing training engagements in support of Ukraine, including contributions to the EU Military Assistance Mission and participation in various international training initiatives, will continue alongside these expanded efforts.

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