The Crown Princess visits the Arctic Challenge Exercise

On Monday 27 May, The Crown Princess visited the international Arctic Challenge Exercise 2019 at Norrbotten Wing F21.

Sweden, Finland and Norway arranged the international exercise between 22 May and 4 June, with Sweden acting as exercise leader with responsibility for the exercise. The 2019 Arctic Challenge Exercise (ACE 19) was the fourth time the exercise had been held.

The Crown Princess sits in a JAS 39 Gripen aircraft.

The Crown Princess sits in a JAS 39 Gripen aircraft. Photo: Jesper Sundström/The Swedish Armed Forces

Approximately 4,000 people from nine countries and NATO took part in the exercise, involving around 140 aircraft. The exercise saw up to 100 aircraft in the air at the same time.

The Crown Princess visits the Arctic Challenge Exercise in Luleå.

Photo: Jesper Sundström/The Swedish Armed Forces

On arrival at Kallax, The Crown Princess was welcomed by Colonel Claes Izos, leader of Norrbotten Wing F21, after which she learnt about the exercise. During the day, The Crown Princess visited several of the participating nations' flight divisions.

The Crown Princess visits the Arctic Challenge Exercise in Luleå.

Photo: Jesper Sundström/The Swedish Armed Forces

About the Arctic Challenge Exercise 2019

The Arctic Challenge Exercise 2019 was carried out within the framework of Nordic cooperation and the cross-border agreements between the countries. The exercise built upon previous air exercises, and is planned to be carried out every other year.

A total of nine countries and NATO participated with air and/or land units. This year, around 120 fighter planes from eight different countries took part, with a total of approximately 140 aircraft participating. Up to 100 fighter planes were in the air at the same time, around 25 of which were Swedish Jas 39 Gripen aircraft. Approximately 4,000 people took part in the exercise.

The aim of ACE 19 was that pilots from several nations should practise together with different aircraft types in large combined forces. For the Swedish units, this involves increasing Sweden's operational effect by working in Sweden and nearby areas together with others.