Romanian and American female troops are staging joint exercises which have been captured in a series of fascinating photographs.
Assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, the the U.S. Marine Female Engagement Team have been interacting with their Romanian counterparts at the country’s Capu Midia training grounds, as part of an exercise dubbed Spring Storm 2017.
Spring Storm has seen around 1,200 U.S. and Romanian troops simulate defense of the Romanian Black Sea.
The Marines trained for three days with their female Romanian counterparts in various aspects of battle including radio communications, detainee handling, personal security detail, tactical site exploitation and more.
The training ended with a live-fire rifle and pistol swap between the two forces.
A Romanian female soldier, left, and a US Marines female counterpart share a laugh after switching weapons to get used with each other’s equipment
The Female Engagement Team, and Romanian troops practice security detail drills at Capu Midia training grounds in Romania
Romanian troops learn about each other’s weapons systems. U.S. Marines and Romanian troops are taking part in joint exercises on the Black Sea coast
Romanian troops practice security detail drills. There are 450 Marines and 750 Romanian troops participating in the exercises to simulate defense of the Black Sea coastline and urban areas
The Spring Storm 17 exercises aim to increase interoperability of Romanian and U.S. troops in a region where NATO members are uneasy after Russia’s interventions in Ukraine
The idea being the two country’s military working together is to increase interoperability of Romanian and U.S. troops in a region where NATO members are uneasy after Russia’s interventions in Ukraine.
There are 450 Marines and 750 Romanian troops participating in the exercises to simulate defense of the Black Sea coast.
The USS Carter Hall, LCAC Landing Craft Air Cushion and Assault Amphibious Vehicles are in Romania as part of the training, which began last Thursday and ended on Wednesday.
The Female Engagement Team concept reportedly proved successful during wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Deployed in small detachments alongside male infantry units, one of their goals is to collect information from families and communicate with women without breaking cultural taboos.
A Romanian female soldier, left, and a US Marines female counterpart aim after switching weapons during training
Romanian troops fire each other’s weapons during a live-fire exercise
The training aims to reassure NATO’s European allies in light of Russia’s invasion in Ukraine
A Romanian female soldier, left, and a US Marines female counterpart share a joke during the almost week-long exercise
Gunnery Sgt. Brianna Conway, a logistics chief with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Female Engagement Team, and Romanian troops practice personnel searches
A U.S. Marine, assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Female Engagement Team, fires a Romanian troop’s pistol during a live-fire exercise
A total of 86 helicopters and 2,200 troops have been deployed to NATO’S eastern flank as part of Atlantic Resolve operation
U.S. Marine Sgt. Elia Balbaloza, assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, left. Romanian Sailor Petty Officer 3rd Class Patriche Viorica poses for a portrait during a live-fire shoot, right
U.S. Marine Capt. Rebecca Bergstedt, officer in charge of the 24th Marine Expeditionary, left, Romanian Sailor Cpl. Pintilie Madalina, a communications specialist, poses right
The ability to work alongside U.S. Marines and Allied forces empowers soldiers and Marines with the ability to directly interact and impact training across Europe
U.S. Marines, assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Female Engagement Team, and Romanian troops practice operating communications equipment
The troops practice combat life-saving skills that could prove useful in the line of battle
U.S. Marines teach a personnel search class to Romanian troops at Capu Midia training grounds. One theme of the training focused on different types of methods to subdue a hostile person