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Latvian soldiers take part in the most massive NATO military exercises since 2002

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMore than 250 Latvian soldiers will soon travel to Spain in order to take join their comrades in the Baltic Battalion and take part in the most massive NATO military exercises since 2002 – Trident Juncture 2015.

Latvia’s contingent in the Baltic Battalion will take part in 2016 rotation certification exercises of NATO Response Forces. It is compiled of personnel from Land Force Infantry Brigade, National Guard, Air Force Aviation Base, Logistics Command, Military Police, Headquarters Battalion and Special Task Force, as reported by Defence Ministry.

Latvian soldiers will participate in a tactical exercise that will take place in Spain. The focus of the exercise will be an offensive operation, combat planning and combat in densely-populated areas.

«Participation of Latvian soldiers in NATO exercises near the alliance’s southern border is a clear show of collective security and solidarity to all our allies,» – says Commander of Latvian Armed Forces Lieutenant General Raimonds Graube. «The current geopolitical situation is complicated. Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the conflict in Ukraine and the growing military presence of Russian forces in the region have forced NATO member states like USA, Norway, Denmark, Germany and Britain to carry out deterring measures in the alliance’s southern territories,» – says Graube. «The growing number of refugees makes the situation even more complicated for NATO in its southern territories. If need be, we will provide assistance to our allies,» – said Graube.

Military exercises will take place in Italy, Portugal, Spain, Canada, Norway, Germany, Belgium and Holland. A separate military exercise is planned for the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. NATO exercises began on 3 October. This event is planned to end on 16 October. On 21 October, there will be a tactical field exercise, which will end on 6 November.

More than 36,000 soldiers will participate in the tactical field exercise. More than 60 ships and submarines, 140 planes and helicopters will take part as well.

According to Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum Hans-Lothar Domröse, the objective of military exercises is to test NATO Reaction Force’s combat capabilities. «Development of reaction forces is one of the most important elements to ensure NATO is able to respond to different security challenges in an effective manner,» – he said.


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