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 Rapid Trident 2016 exercise officially opened at Yavoriv ground. PHOTOS

The official opening ceremony of the Ukrainian-American Rapid Trident 2016 command exercise took place at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center (IPSC) of the National Academy of Land Forces at the Yavoriv ground, the Lviv region, today, June 27.

Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the Defense Ministry.

Flags of the U.S. and Ukraine were hoisted and the two countries' state anthems were performed during the ceremony.

Ukrainian flag was hoisted by soldiers of the National Guard and a unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine involved in training as part of the Ukrainian contingent, while the U.S flag was raised by fighters of the U.S. Army Command in Europe and the National Guard of California.

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More than 1,800 servicemen from 13 countries (Ukraine, the U.S., Canada, the UK, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Turkey, Romania, Georgia, Moldova, Poland, Norway, and Sweden) participate in the exercise this year.

The aim of Rapid Trident 2016 is to implement global experience in the Ukrainian army, ensure professional experience exchange, and improve cooperation among units of land forces of the USA, Ukraine, NATO nations and PfP nations.

For the first time, Rapid Trident will be conducted considering the JMTG-U activities.

The exercise will last for two weeks at different sites of the military training field of the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre. More than 200 vehicles and two Mi-8 helicopters will be used during the exercise.

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