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Soldiers from four army brigades are preparing for large-scale combat operations at various locations in the Netherlands. This will take place from October 26 to November 11 during the Zebra Sword exercise. This exercise was first to take place in Germany, but was moved to the Netherlands because of COVID-19.

For the same reason, the units practice in smaller groups and at different locations such as training areas, but also within built-up areas. To reduce the risk of COVID contamination, the units do avoid as much contact with local residents as possible.

The army exercises on military sites near Weert, de Peel, Oirschot, Stroe, Deelen, ‘t Harde and the Marnewaard. In addition, soldiers are active outside training areas between Amersfoort, Arnhem and Hoogeveen. Defense asks people to keep their distance and not to seek out training units. The army does not expect to cause much nuisance.

Because of Zebra Sword, there are already more military transports on Dutch roads. On October 22, more than twenty combat vehicles, including CV90s and a Leopard II salvage tank, will go from Havelte to the Leusderheide near Amersfoort.

Additional COVID-19 measures
During the exercise, the military adheres to the COVID-19 measures. That is why military units also limit interactions among themselves. All servicemen have multiple face masks. Medical support is available during the exercise. If soldiers develop symptoms of disease, the army places them in isolation and they are tested.

Practicing in corona time remains important
Defense is a vital organization that must always be prepared for the defense of NATO territory and the advancement of the international legal order. That is why Defense exercises continuously.

The army currently supplies units for the NATO and EU rapid reaction forces and trains soldiers for the missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Lithuania. In addition, the army is ready to provide assistance during disasters and crises. Think of the deployment in the fight against the COVID-19 virus. The army is now supporting UMC Utrecht for this.

Source: Press release Ministry of Defense

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