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14 juin 2013 5 14 /06 /juin /2013 07:30

13/06/2013 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter


Exercise Eager Lion 2013 has started in Jordan, with 19 participating nations.


A massive multi-national military exercise, Eager Lion is mean to firm up pre-existing armed forces partnerships and give regional stability a real shot in the arm by supplying the personnel taking part with a chance to respond to true-to-life 21st century security simulations.


These scenarios are varied in nature and encompass humanitarian aid, disaster relief and combined air/missile defence, according to officials.


"We from the United States are following behind our lead, the Jordanians, this year, who have really taken this exercise to a great level after building it over the last four years", US Central Command's Major General Robert Catalanotti told journalists at the start of this year's Exercise Eager Lion.


"This exercise challenges the participants to respond to realistic, modern-day security scenarios by integrating a variety of disciplines in the air, on land and at sea. Our relationship with Jordan and the 19 partner nations involved in the exercise is built on a foundation of interoperability that brings us closer together and enhances regional stability."


Exercise Eager Lion


Exercise Eager Lion began on 9 June and concludes on 20 June. The finale is an immense sea-land capabilities display, being staged over the last three days.


Exercise Eager Lion 2013 involves 5,000 military personnel from the US alone, with 3,000 more troops also on the scene.


The United States aside, other nations involved in Exercise Eager Lion 2013 include the UK, Bahrain, Canada, the Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Iraq, Italy, Lebanon, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.


Participating aircraft include US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier IIs and MV-22 Ospreys, while participating US Navy assets include the USS Carter Hall dock landing ship, the USS Kearsarge amphibious assault ship and the USS San Antonio amphibious transport dock - all part of the Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group

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