STRIKFORNATO will conduct At-Sea Demo/Exercise Formidable Shield 2021, on behalf of the U.S. Sixth Fleet, at the U.K. Ministry of Defense's Hebrides Range located on the Western Isles of Scotland, and at Andøya Test Center, Andenes, Norway, between May 15 – June 3, 2021.
The purpose of At-Sea Demo/Exercise Formidable Shield is to improve allied interoperability in a live-fire joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) environment, using NATO command and control reporting structures.
Ten nations will participate by sending ships, aircraft, ground assets, and embarked staff in Task Group IAMD, including Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom, and The United States.
Exercise At-Sea Demo/Formidable Shield receives support from U.S. European Command, Missile Defense Agency, the Maritime Theater Missile Defense Forum (MTMD-F), and Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO-IWS).
The exercise is intended to assure Allies, deter adversaries, and demonstrate the commitment to collective defense for the NATO alliance.