Barents Rescue 2011 is the largest international
exercise conducted in Sweden thus far. Traditionally the Barents Rescue
exercises have had an operational focus on field training exercises. This year
the intention was to involve strategic parts on different levels (from local to
international level) more fully. This ambition led to the decision to spread
the exercise parts over a longer period of time, starting with Table Top
Exercise 1 in April and finalized with the Field Training Exercise/ Command
Post Exercise in September. The aim of the exercise was to improve cooperation
and coordination between countries in the Barents region during an emergency situation
in accordance with the Barents agreement. This aim was generally fulfilled.
Given a possibility to meet, learn to know each other and work together creates
a better understanding for each other’s different cultures and working methods.