Greece won the first place in the annual European Best Sniper Team Competition 2022, organized by the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) of the USA 7th Army Training Command in the Hohenfels Training Area in Germany.
The competition tests multinational sniper squads on land navigation, advanced marksmanship, medical simulations, as well as physical prowess and mental agility.
Thirty-six sniper teams of two from eighteen allied and partner countries competed head-to-head for the title of Best Sniper Team in Europe across eight days from August 1st to August 11th.
Greece participated with two teams from the newly-created Special Warfare Command of the Greek Army and won first and fourth places.
“The annual U.S. Army Europe and Africa competition brought the most proficient sniper teams together and challenged their skills, but only one team can be the champion! Congratulations Greece,” JMRC wrote on Facebook, announcing the 2022 winner.
“Opa! Hellenic Ministry of Defence shot their way to win it all at Best Sniper!” the 7th Army Training Command posted on Twitter.
🇬🇷 OPA! @Hellenic_MOD shot their way to win it all at #BestSniper! Congratulations, Greece! Shoutouts: 2nd place 🇱🇻@Latvijas_armija and 3rd place 🇮🇹@Esercito #StrongerTogether #TrainToWin @HohenfelsJMRC pic.twitter.com/yaihgYsWHk
— 7th Army Training Command (@7thATC) August 11, 2022
This was the first participation of the Special Warfare Command of the Hellenic Armed Forces in the Best Sniper Competition, as the unit’s creation was only approved by the Greek Council for Foreign Affairs and Defense in 2021. It is directly subordinate to the Chief of General Staff, General Konstantinos Floros.
The distinguished participation of Greece’s Special Warfare Command in the European Best Sniper Team competition “contributed to the promotion of the level of operational readiness and cooperation of the participants in a multinational context; demonstrated its extremely high operational level and its ability to respond to objects of increased complexity; and highlighted the combat capability of our country’s Armed Forces in the modern operational environment, as well as their strong deterrent capability,” the Hellenic National Defence General Staff said in an announcement.
The title of European Best Sniper Team is the latest in a series of awards won by the Hellenic Armed Forces.
In May, the Greek Army had won “Most Lethal Team” and “International Trophy” at the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition at the West Point Military Academy.