Skopje and Krivolak Training Area, North Macedonia
Special Operations Forces from the United States and North Macedonia trained together during Exercise Trojan Footprint 21, an annual special operations drill held by US Special Operations Command Europe.
Special Operations Forces (SOF) from the United States and North Macedonia trained together during Exercise Trojan Footprint 21, an annual special operations drill led by US Special Operations Command Europe. Held in Bulgaria, Georgia, Hungary, North Macedonia and Romania from 2 to 14 May, Trojan Footprint 21 aimed to increase interoperability between NATO and partner Special Operations Forces through a series of intense scenarios. In North Macedonia, members of the Special Operations Battalion – nicknamed “The Wolves” – worked with US Army Green Berets on close-quarters battle tactics before undertaking a simulated mission. Footage includes shots of SOF operators training in close-quarters battle, loading onto helicopters, patrolling through a training area and conducting a simulated raid. COVID-19 safeguards were taken prior to deployment for the exercise and participants observed social distancing where training requirements allowed.
(00:00) VARIOUS SHOTS – US SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES (SOF) OPERATOR WORKING WITH COUNTERPARTS FROM NORTH MACEDONIA ON ROOM-CLEARING DRILLS (00:41) VARIOUS SHOTS – US SOF OPERATOR RUNS NORTH MACEDONIA SOF OPERATORS THROUGH CLOSE-QUARTERS BATTLE (CQB) DRILLS INSIDE SHOOT HOUSE (01:21) VARIOUS SLOW MOTION SHOTS – SOF OPERATORS FROM NORTH MACEDONIA CLEARING ROOMS DURING CQB TRAINING (01:48) VARIOUS GOPRO SHOTS - SOF OPERATORS FROM NORTH MACEDONIA CLEARING ROOMS DURING CQB TRAINING (02:07) VARIOUS SHOTS – US SOF OPERATOR DEBRIEFING SOLDIERS FROM NORTH MACEDONIA AFTER CQB DRILLS (02:19) VARIOUS SLOW MOTION SHOTS – NORTH MACEDONIA SOF OPERATORS DURING CQB TRAINING (02:36) VARIOUS SHOTS – NORTH MACEDONIA SOF OPERATORS APPLYING CAMO PAINT (02:42) VARIOUS SHOTS – NORTH MACEDONIA AND US SOF OPERATORS HEADING TO LANDING ZONE AND BOARDING UH-60 BLACKHAWKS (03:22) VARIOUS SHOTS – BLACKHAWKS IN FLIGHT (03:48) SLOW-MO WIDE SHOT – US AND NORTH MACEDONIA SOF OPERATORS AT LANDING ZONE WHILE BLACKHAWK FLIES AWAY IN BACKGROUND (04:13) VARIOUS SHOTS – NORTH MACEDONIA SOF OPERATORS ON PATROL (04:53) VARIOUS SHOTS – RECONNAISSANCE TROOPS FROM NORTH MACEDONIA GATHERING INTEL ON TARGET (05:33) VARIOUS NIGHT VISION SHOTS – RECONNAISSANCE TROOPS ON PATROL (06:04) VARIOUS SHOTS – NORTH MACEDONIA SOF OPERATORS MOVE OUT ON A SIMULATED RAID (06:25) VARIOUS SHOTS – NORTH MACEDONIA SOF OPERATORS CARRY OUT SIMULATED RAID (06:58) DRONE SHOT – MATKA CANYON, NORTH MACEDONIA (07:03) DRONE SHOT – SKOPJE AT SUNSET
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