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Multinational soldiers sit on top of military vehicles and equipment to watch culmination training exercise of Saber Strike 18 at the Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland on June 15, 2018.Michigan Army National GuardMultinational soldiers sit on top of military vehicles and equipment to watch culmination training exercise of Saber Strike 18 at the Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland on June 15, 2018.


The US-led multi-national military exercise known as Saber Strike 2018, which a Kremlin spokesman said "Moscow always closely tracks," finished up this week.

"Saber Strike is the platform to validate our collective capability to rapidly respond to and reinforce Allies in a time of crisis," according to a US Army statement. "This exercise will facilitate unmatched cooperation between Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and 17 additional participating allied and partner militaries."

Saber Strike 2018 was held between June 3 and June 15 in multiple Eastern European and Baltic countries, and the key "training events of the exercise included an air assault operation in Lithuania, a convoy of the US 2nd Cavalry Regiment from Germany to Latvia, and multiple bridge and river crossings," according to NATO.

Here's what it looked like:

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One part of the exercises included an assault on a mock town in Lithuania on June 11...

One part of the exercises included an assault on a mock town in Lithuania on June 11...

... in which A-10s provided the close air support seen below.

... in which A-10s provided the close air support seen below.

Warthogs took part in multiple aspects of Saber Strike.

Warthogs took part in multiple aspects of Saber Strike.

Such as air strikes over the Tapa Range in Estonia.

Such as air strikes over the Tapa Range in Estonia.

They also practiced rough or "austere" landings in Estonia.

They also practiced rough or "austere" landings in Estonia.

Read more about those austere landings here.

One specially painted A-10 that flew over Normandy on D-Day also took part in the exercises.

One specially painted A-10 that flew over Normandy on D-Day also took part in the exercises.

Read more about that specially painted A-10 here.

US and Lithuanian troops also jumped out of C-130s.

US and Lithuanian troops also jumped out of C-130s.

Troops from several countries practiced using M3 Amphibious Rig Bridges to get armored vehicles across rivers.

Troops from several countries practiced using M3 Amphibious Rig Bridges to get armored vehicles across rivers.

The Bemowo Piskie training ground in Poland saw many live fire missions too.

The Bemowo Piskie training ground in Poland saw many live fire missions too.

An exercise called Puma 2 was held on the last day of Saber Strike at Bemowo Piskie, in which Polish army Rak 120mm Self-Propelled Mortar Systems were fired.

An exercise called Puma 2 was held on the last day of Saber Strike at Bemowo Piskie, in which Polish army Rak 120mm Self-Propelled Mortar Systems were fired.

As well as Strykers and Apache helicopters.

As well as Strykers and Apache helicopters.

And small arms and light artillery.

And small arms and light artillery.

The annual exercise "is part of NATO’s goals to demonstrate the Alliance’s interoperability and help each participating country maintain the readiness of its forces," according to DVIDS photo captions.

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