Part 2: Anakonda 16 – More Fantastic Photos Of Modern Military In Action

Photo: ppor. Kamil Dwornicki.

This year the Polish Army led a multinational joint exercise of NATO in Eastern Europe – Anakonda 16.

24 countries, 31,000 soldiers, over 100 aircraft, 12 ships, 3,000 vehicles and tons of other military equipment were gathered for the exercise. It was the biggest and most significant military maneuvers led by Polish Armed Forces since 1989!

Anakonda 16 was held between 6-17 June 2016 in four military components: army, airforce, navy and special forces. 12,000 Polish soldiers carried out the exercises within two corps, three divisions (two Polish and one American), twelve brigades and air-bases, regiments, flotillas, and other subunits. At different stages of training, the key roles are put on Multinational Corps Northeast  and  Allied Land Command in Izmir. Among the foreigners taking part in the exercise, the most numerous will be the Army of the United States, which will send around 14,000 soldiers to Poland .

About 3,000 different types of vehicles will take part in an action, including Leopard 2A4 and 2A5 tanks, Rosomak armored carriers, about 105 aircraft, including F-16 Fighting Falcons and 12 naval vessels. Within the last 10 years, the ANAKONDA exercise has evolved from the  typically military undertaking, through the exercise employing national non-military sector, then regional non-military sector, to the allied exercise where NATO member countries actively took part in.

About 3.000 diffrent types vehicles will take part in an action, including Leopard 2A4 and 2A5 tanks, armored carriers Rosomak, about 105 aircraft, including F-16 Fighting Falcons and 12 naval vessels. Within last 10 years, the ANAKONDA exercise has evolved from the  typically military undertaking, through the exercise employing national non-military sector, then regional non-military sector, to the allied exercise where NATO member countries actively took part in.

Seeing international safety and security changes in both the regional and the global dimension, these exercises like ANKONDA-16 have a unique meaning.  This can be confirmed by the  participation of national contingents of more than half of NATO member countries in the exercise.

The ANAKONDA exercise, since its beginning in 2006, is prepared and conducted by Operational Command of the Polish Armed Forces. In previous exercises in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014 there were nearly 50,000 soldiers altogether.

6 June
Opening ceremony of the exercise at National Defense University in Warsaw.
7 June
About 2 thousand parachutists from Poland, USA, and Great Britain will carry out the airborne operation near Toruń.
8 June
Multinational engineering battalion will build the crossing on the Vistula River will be covered by around 300 vehicles, on the way to Baltic countries (within SABER STRIKE exercise), in Chełmno.
9 June
Anti-aircraft and antimissile defense subunits carry out exercises combined with shooting at field training area in Ustka.
10 June
At night both Polish and American airborne Forces make an assault using 35 helicopters.
11 June
Subunits of chemical forces and military medical services counteract threats connected with the use of weapons of mass destruction as well as conduct evacuation.
British battalion march and cross the Odra River in Biała Góra near Krosno Odrzańskie.
13 June
Multinational engineering battalion presents its capabilities in Chełmno.
14 June
Observer’s Day in Land Forces Field Training Area in Wędrzyn (with participation of military-diplomatic corps).
15 June
After having transferred the responsibility to another unit, the mechanized battalion marches and crosses the Vistula River near Chełmno.
16 June
DVDay in Land Forces Training Centre in  Drawsko Pomorskie – Land Forces Training Centre Drawsko.
17 June
The closing ceremony of the exercise at National Defense University in Warsaw

Live Fire Demonstration

Artillery rounds impact the ground. Photo: Sgt. 1st Class John Fries.
Artillery rounds impact the ground. Photo: Sgt. 1st Class John Fries.
An M1A2 SEP V2 Abrams Main Battle Tank (MBT) from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, fires 120mm rounds. Photo: Sgt. 1st Class John Fries.
An M1A2 SEP V2 Abrams Main Battle Tank (MBT) from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, fires 120mm rounds. Photo: Sgt. 1st Class John Fries.
A Polish Leopard tank fires on a target at a live-fire demonstration. Photo: Sgt. 1st Class John Fries.
A Polish Leopard tank fires on a target at a live-fire demonstration. Photo: Sgt. 1st Class John Fries.
SSG Rene Madsen, Battalion Master Gunner, 2/7 Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division communicates to firing units over a tactical radio. Photo: Sgt. 1st Class John Fries.
SSG Rene Madsen, Battalion Master Gunner, 2/7 Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division communicates to firing units over a tactical radio. Photo: Sgt. 1st Class John Fries.
Col. Phil Brooks observes a live-fire demonstration from an observation deck as two High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) are fired during Exercise Anakonda 2016. Photo: Sgt. 1st Class John Fries.
Col. Phil Brooks observes a live-fire demonstration from an observation deck as two High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) are fired during Exercise Anakonda 2016. Photo: Sgt. 1st Class John Fries.
High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) are fired during Exercise Anakonda 2016. Photo: Sgt. 1st Class John Fries.
High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) are fired during Exercise Anakonda 2016. Photo: Sgt. 1st Class John Fries.

Polish Sappers building a floating bridge over Odra River.

Photo: ppłk Adam Kobusiński.
Photo: ppłk Adam Kobusiński.

Photo: ppłk Adam Kobusiński.
Photo: ppłk Adam Kobusiński.
Photo: ppłk Adam Kobusiński.
Photo: ppłk Adam Kobusiński.
Photo: ppłk Adam Kobusiński.
Photo: ppłk Adam Kobusiński.

More Pictures on page two!

Maneuvers at sea

Photo: Marian Kluczyński.
Photo: Marian Kluczyński.
Photo: Marian Kluczyński.
Photo: Marian Kluczyński.

Photo: Marian Kluczyński.
Photo: Marian Kluczyński.
Photo: Marian Kluczyński.
Photo: Marian Kluczyński.

Chemical Defense

Photo: szer. Agnieszka Grzelak.
Photo: szer. Agnieszka Grzelak.

Photo: szer. Agnieszka Grzelak.
Photo: szer. Agnieszka Grzelak.
Photo: szer. Agnieszka Grzelak.
Photo: szer. Agnieszka Grzelak.
Photo: szer. Agnieszka Grzelak.
Photo: szer. Agnieszka Grzelak.
Photo: szer. Agnieszka Grzelak.
Photo: szer. Agnieszka Grzelak.

Taking control of the Bridge!

Photo: Mariusz Bieniek, Artur Gosiewski, Marcin Gil.
Photo: Mariusz Bieniek, Artur Gosiewski, Marcin Gil.
Photo: Mariusz Bieniek, Artur Gosiewski, Marcin Gil.
Photo: Mariusz Bieniek, Artur Gosiewski, Marcin Gil.
Photo: Mariusz Bieniek, Artur Gosiewski, Marcin Gil.
Photo: Mariusz Bieniek, Artur Gosiewski, Marcin Gil.
Photo: Mariusz Bieniek, Artur Gosiewski, Marcin Gil.
Photo: Mariusz Bieniek, Artur Gosiewski, Marcin Gil.
Photo: Mariusz Bieniek, Artur Gosiewski, Marcin Gil.
Photo: Mariusz Bieniek, Artur Gosiewski, Marcin Gil.
Photo: Mariusz Bieniek, Artur Gosiewski, Marcin Gil.
Photo: Mariusz Bieniek, Artur Gosiewski, Marcin Gil.

 

Photo: Mariusz Bieniek, Artur Gosiewski, Marcin Gil.
Photo: Mariusz Bieniek, Artur Gosiewski, Marcin Gil.
Photo: Mariusz Bieniek, Artur Gosiewski, Marcin Gil.
Photo: Mariusz Bieniek, Artur Gosiewski, Marcin Gil.

Missiles over the Baltic Sea

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Photo: anakonda.do.wp.mil.pl.
Photo: anakonda.do.wp.mil.pl.
Photo: anakonda.do.wp.mil.pl.
Photo: anakonda.do.wp.mil.pl.
Photo: anakonda.do.wp.mil.pl.
Photo: anakonda.do.wp.mil.pl.
Photo: anakonda.do.wp.mil.pl.

Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation on Anakonda 16

Photo: MTA Nowa Dęba.
Photo: MTA Nowa Dęba.
Photo: MTA Nowa Dęba.
Photo: MTA Nowa Dęba.
Photo: MTA Nowa Dęba.
Photo: MTA Nowa Dęba.
Photo: MTA Nowa Dęba.
Photo: MTA Nowa Dęba.

See more on page three!

Anti-Aircraft Defense on Sea

Photo: chor. mar. Piotr Leoniak.
Photo: chor. mar. Piotr Leoniak.
Photo: chor. mar. Piotr Leoniak.
Photo: chor. mar. Piotr Leoniak.

Photo: chor. mar. Piotr Leoniak.
Photo: chor. mar. Piotr Leoniak.
Photo: chor. mar. Piotr Leoniak.
Photo: chor. mar. Piotr Leoniak.
Photo: chor. mar. Piotr Leoniak.
Photo: chor. mar. Piotr Leoniak.

Briefing before Joint Fire Excercise in Drawsko Pomorskie (prepared on 14th June)

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Photo: anakonda.do.wp.mil.pl.
Photo: anakonda.do.wp.mil.pl.
Photo: anakonda.do.wp.mil.pl.

Polish-British Joint Excercise

Photo: ppor. Marcin Sparzyński, mł. chor. Grzegorz Grajek.
Photo: ppor. Marcin Sparzyński, mł. chor. Grzegorz Grajek.
Photo: ppor. Marcin Sparzyński, mł. chor. Grzegorz Grajek.
Photo: ppor. Marcin Sparzyński, mł. chor. Grzegorz Grajek.
Photo: ppor. Marcin Sparzyński, mł. chor. Grzegorz Grajek.
Photo: ppor. Marcin Sparzyński, mł. chor. Grzegorz Grajek.
Photo: ppor. Marcin Sparzyński, mł. chor. Grzegorz Grajek.
Photo: ppor. Marcin Sparzyński, mł. chor. Grzegorz Grajek.
Photo: ppor. Marcin Sparzyński, mł. chor. Grzegorz Grajek.
Photo: ppor. Marcin Sparzyński, mł. chor. Grzegorz Grajek.

Next Day and Next Destination Place

Photo: kpr. Daniel Chojak.
Photo: kpr. Daniel Chojak.

Operation Cordon and Search

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Polish Ministry of Defence, Antoni Macierewicz. Photo: anakonda.do.wp.mil.pl.

PT-91 “Twardy” on Anakonda 16

Photo: MTA Nowa Dęba.
Photo: MTA Nowa Dęba.
Photo: MTA Nowa Dęba.
Photo: MTA Nowa Dęba.
Photo: MTA Nowa Dęba.
Photo: MTA Nowa Dęba.
Photo: MTA Nowa Dęba.
Photo: MTA Nowa Dęba.

Logistics Tasks

Photo: ppor. Kamil Dwornicki.
Photo: ppor. Kamil Dwornicki.
Photo: ppor. Kamil Dwornicki.
Photo: ppor. Kamil Dwornicki.
Photo: ppor. Kamil Dwornicki.
Photo: ppor. Kamil Dwornicki.

Photo: ppor. Kamil Dwornicki.
Photo: ppor. Kamil Dwornicki.
Photo: ppor. Kamil Dwornicki.
Photo: ppor. Kamil Dwornicki.
Photo: ppor. Kamil Dwornicki.
Photo: ppor. Kamil Dwornicki.