US Army and Swedish Army exercising artillery skills in Nordic Strike 22

U.S. Army Europe and Africa, along with Swedish Armed Forces and U.S. Special Operations Command, conducted High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, Rapid Aerial Insertion (HIRAIN) training, and a live fire exercise during Nordic Strike 22, Sep. 27, near Vidsel, Sweden.
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Swedish soldiers welcome a U.S. HIMARS crew at the Vidsel base (Picture source: Hampus Hagstedt/Swedish Armed Forces).

Nordic Strike 22 was designed to increase readiness, lethality, modernization, and interoperability by exercising U.S. Army Europe and Africa’s ability to rapidly deploy long-range precision fire capabilities in coordination with our allies and partners and integrating joint fires in a multinational environment. U.S. Army Europe and Africa units participating in Nordic Strike 22 included the 2nd Multi-domain Task Force and the 41st Field Artillery Brigade under the command of the 56th Artillery Command.

The M142 HIMARS systems and personnel were rapidly deployed from Ramstein Air Base in Germany to Sweden utilizing C-130J Hercules aircraft and personnel with the U.S. Air Force’s 352d Special Operations Wing based at RAF Mildenhall, U.K. Nordic Strike 22 is a critical opportunity for U.S. conventional and special operations forces to work together in a joint and combined training environment, enhancing interoperability and lethality.

The 56th Artillery Command was activated in 2021. The command plans and coordinates the employment of multi-domain fires and effects in support of U.S. Army Europe and Africa and when designated, a Combined Force Land Component Command.

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M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) fires a rocket as part of Nordic Strike 22 at Vidsel Test Range, Sweden (Picture source: Swedish Ministry of Defense/Anders Åberg)