NEWS | May 6, 2019

Allied Forces Prepare for Exercise Formidable Shield 2019

By U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

The U.S. 6th Fleet will lead the exercise Formidable Shield 19, May 7-19, 2019 at the U.K. Ministry of Defense’s Hebrides Range located on the Western Isles of Scotland. Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO will conduct the exercise on behalf of 6th Fleet.

The purpose of Formidable Shield is to improve allied interoperability in a live-fire integrated air and missile (IAMD) environment, using NATO command and control reporting structures.

Nine nations will participate by sending ships, including Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Belgium and Germany will support the exercise with staff officers embarked with Task Group IAMD.