For the first time, servicemen of a special forces unit of the Uzbek Defense Ministry are taking part in Southern Strike joint force exercises at Camp Shelby military base in Mississippi, the Uzbek Ministry of Defense said.
The special forces unit has already held two exercises. The Minister of Defense Lieutenant-General Abdusal Azizov reportedly observe the third-active phase of exercises.
Exercise scenarios are designed to meet current global crises and the individual training needs of the involved units . Military personnel from the special forces of Canada, Chile and the Netherlands are also taking part in the exercise.
Southern Strike is an annual Joint Force exercise hosted by the Mississippi Air National Guard. It is a large-scale, joint multinational combat exercise that provides tactical level training for the full spectrum of conflict. It emphasizes air dominance, maritime operations, maritime air support, precision engagement, close air support, command and control, personnel recovery, aero medical evacuation, and combat medical support.
The minister-led military delegation will also visit the headquarters of the Central Command of the US Armed Forces in Tampa (Florida) and will hold talks on the implementation of events included in the Plan of Military Contacts between the Defense Ministry of Uzbekistan and the Central Command.