Photos from Anakonda 16, NATO’s massive war game that worries Russia

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Paratroopers provide security during a platoon attack exercise in Wedzryn, Poland.
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Sgt. 1st Class Whitney Hughes/US Army

After a stunning show of force, several NATO nations concluded Anakonda 16, an annual Polish-led joint multinational exercise. The purpose was to bring partner nations together to train, exercise, and integrate Polish forces into a joint multinational environment, while simultaneously demonstrating NATO’s defense capabilities.

The exercise comprised of more than 31,000 troops hailing from 24 different nations, including the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Spain, Turkey, and Ukraine. Maneuvers included air assault, airborne, air defense, and amphibious operations.

This event also comes at the heels of NATO’s decision to deploy four multinational battalions to Poland and the Baltic states to boost defense, much to Russia’s chagrin.

Here are several pictures of the multinational exercise:


A map of Anakonda 16’s operations.

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A pair of Polish F-16s take flight.

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Filip Modrzejewski/Foto Poork via The Aviationist

Airborne forces from the US, Great Britain, and Poland conduct a a multi-national jump on to a designated drop zone near Torun, Poland.


An air assault is conducted for Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) training in Wderzyn, Poland.

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Sgt. Dennis Glass/US Army

A 15U CH-47 Chinook Crew Chief scans his sector during a battalion sized air assault, outside Wedrzyn, Poland.

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Capt. Jaymon Bell/US Army

A US soldier moves out during an air assault mission.

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Staff Sgt. Philip Steiner/US Army

US Army infantrymen pull security after exiting a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.

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Spc. Antonio Ramirez/US Army

Soldiers from the US Army’s 3rd Infantry Division display their camouflage during a ceremony.

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Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Runser/US Army

A Polish light infantry tank carries simulated medical injured soldiers to medical care.

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Staff Sgt. Philip Steiner/US Army

British soldiers conducted Military Operations in Urban Terrain training in their mobile vehicles.

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Sgt. 1st Class Whitney Hughes/US Army

British soldiers train for urban warfare in Swidwin, Poland.

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A British soldier provides security during Military Operations in Urban Terrain.

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A Canadian soldier and paratroopers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade breach a door with an explosive device.

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A soldier fires a .50 caliber machine gun.

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Sgt. 1st Class Whitney Hughes/US Army

British soldiers prepare to enter and clear a building as Polish soldiers acting as enemy forces return fire.

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Sgt. 1st Class Whitney Hughes/US Army

A Polish soldier provides security at a command post in Konotop, Poland.

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Sgt. 1st Class Whitney Hughes/US Army

Turkish service members take cover behind a building.

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Sgt. Dennis Glass/US Army

US Army soldiers fire a M198 howitzer in Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland.

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Pfc. Antonio Lewis/US Army

A US soldier prepares to hook up the lanyard to fire the Paladin M109A6 Artillery System.

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Sgt. Ashley Marble/US Army

High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) rounds are fired.

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