The Black Sea Rotational Force (BSRF) is a Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force part of the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) created with to promote regional stability, increase interoperability, build and maintain enduring partnerships with allied and partner nations, and to maintain collective security in the region. Moreover, it’s an annual multilateral security cooperation activity between the almost 350 U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy personnel of the BSRF and partner nations in the Black Sea, Balkan, and Caucasus regions that enhances participants’ collective professional military capacity while building enduring relationships with partner nations.
Exercises like Iron Sword 16 take shape as part of this all-important security cooperation activity. In it, more than 4,000 soldiers from 11 NATO countries participate in the exercise, which was designed to train and assess battalion sized elements while they planned and conducted decisive action operations in order to improve the level of partnership capacity of the multinational forces involved. In this video, U.S. Marines from Black Sea Rotational Force 16.2 get to shoot AK-47 and HK G36 rifles with Lithuanian and Romanian Soldiers on a live-fire range at the Rukla Training Area in Lithuania during Exercise Iron Sword 16.