NATO Keeps the Beat with Exercise Steadfast Jazz (PHOTOS)

The Italian destroyer ITS Caio Duilio, seen from the Dutch frigate HNLMS De Ruyter, takes part in the Steadfast Jazz exercise Nov. 3, 2013. (Steadfast Jazz Flickr)

NATO forces conducted a major joint training exercise last week, with thousands of troops running actions across Latvia and Poland. Its name? Exercise Steadfast Jazz.

The exercise featured “over 1,000 mechanized infantry from various nations, a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Battalion, an Airborne Anti-tank company, an Amphibious company, an Electronic Warfare company, two Military Police platoons, a Long Range Reconnaissance Platoon, two Submarines, around 40 aircraft in the skies (F-16, MIG-29, SU-22, Mi-8, C-295M, C-160, JAS-39, L-159) and around 15 vessels in the water (mine counter-measures vessels (MCMV), frigates),” according to a press release.

That’s some serious mobilization, and as with other joint exercises this year, Steadfast Jazz has a website and photostream associated with the exercise. We’ve picked out a couple of our favorites for you to check out. 

A Polish F-16 takes off during the first day of the air portion of Ex Steadfast Jazz at 31st Air Tactical Base, Poznan, Poland, on Nov. 5. (Steadfast Jazz Flickr)

Naval assets participating in the maritime live exercise portion of Steadfast Jazz pictured from the air on the first day of the exercise. (Steadfast Jazz Flickr)

A Polish Leopard II takes part in the exercise. (Steadfast Jazz Flickr)


A solider from the Polish Military Police train at the Drawsko Training Area during the exercise. (Steadfast Jazz Flickr)

Joint Air and Sea exercises are at the heart of Steadfast Jazz. (Steadfast Jazz Flickr)


Aaron Mehta

Aaron Mehta

Air Warfare Correspondent at Defense News
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