U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ken Scar/Released
The group of ten soldiers arrived in a Hercules military transport aircraft early Wednesday evening to take part in winter training exercises put on by the Utti regiment in Kouvola.
The troops and their equipment will be heavily sequestered from the public eye during the two weeks of training exercises.
Apart from learning the ins and outs of winter warfare, the Americans are hoping for some night-time skiing, said Utti regiment commander Colonel Heikki Välivehmas.
“The timing is the best possible, because we now have a national training exercise that they can naturally join so they can experience a Finnish winter,” Välivehmas said.
The elite US Army soldiers will also provide training for their Finnish counterparts in international operations. Välivehmas said the joint training will be beneficial for local forces.