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Last exercise for the Austrians of the “Saxon” battlegroup

Austrian forces in training (Credit: Austrian Army/LEITNER)

The Austrian forces of Task Force 18 have just completed a training exercise at the Seetaler Alpe training ground as well as in the St Michael salt mine. Objective: perfect certain techniques.

On the menu: two deliberately offensive scenarios. The first is the capture and seizure of the illegal weapons warehouse and the arrest of the paramilitary forces by infantry company soldiers. The second consists of the attack on a secret training camp of resistance fighters in order to guarantee the security of the civilian population. Around 450 soldiers, 80 vehicles and 4 Agusta Bell 212 transport helicopters participated in this exercise.

The Austrians will be on alert from January 1, 2011, for six months, under Dutch command. They provide a company of infantry, approximately 180 soldiers.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).