Canada adds artillery battery to its Latvian forces

On August 13 additional soldiers and equipment of the Canadian military arrived at the port of Riga to join those already in place as part of NATO's 'enhanced Forward Presence' (eFP, sic) multinational battlegroup.

Latvian soldier receives posthumous U.S. honor

A street in the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, U.S., has been named after Sergeant Voldemars Ansevics, a Latvian soldier who died in the line of duty while participating in the international military operation in Afghanistan in 2009, according to, the military news portal of the Latvian Defense Ministry.

Defense Ministry wants new, official 'Soldiers' Day'

Latvia's Ministry of Defense is calling for the establishment of an official 'Soldiers' Day' on the national calendar in addition to the existing Lāčplēsis Day on November 11 when people traditionally remember military personnel.

Latvia invited to observe 'ZAPAD' exercises

The Latvian Defense Ministry has received an invitation from Belarus to send two military observers to ZAPAD 2017, a military exercise to be held jointly by Russia and Belarus in September this year, the ministry told the LETA news agency August 2.

'Digital battlefield' book available online

Latvia's Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) has helped produce a new book on the rising phenomenon of digital warfare and the use of robots, drones and other pieces of equipment in a military context.

Armed forces show off their Baltic bikini skills

July 24 sees the start of the 'Baltic bikini 2017' in Latvia, which despite its name is not a politically incorrect beauty pageant but drills involving military and civilian personnel in Liepāja on the west coast.

Latvia's Army turns 98

On July 10 the Latvian National Armed Forces (NBS) turns 98, closing in to a respectable hundred years of age.

Russian embassy rhetoric roundup

The latest in a regular roundup of Kremlin disinformation stories about the Baltic states includes a nice summary of comments by Russia's ambassador to Latvia.

Trump: US 'firmly behind' NATO mutual defense pact

US President Donald Trump publicly endorsed NATO's one-for-all-and-all-for-one mutual defense pact during a keynote speech in Warsaw on Thursday, seeking to ease allies' concerns that the US safety net had frayed.

Border watch: Russian navy ships spotted

Latvia's national armed forces (NBS) reported July 6 on the presence of several Russian naval vessels not far from the national border in Latvia's exclusive economic zone of the Baltic Sea.

Watch STRATCOMCOE conference live

NATO's Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE) holds a two-day conference at the Latvian National Library July 5 and 6. 

STRATCOM conference this week

NATO's Riga-based Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE for short) is holding a two-day conference this week.

Latvians favor creation of EU army

More than a half (59 percent) of Latvia's citizens are in favor of the creation of an EU army, according to the Eurobarometer survey carried out in April this year.

ZAPAD risk is "low" say Kucinskis, Stoltenberg

Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis met with NATO General secretary Jens Stoltenberg on June 19, in Riga, receiving a briefing on the launch of NATO's enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) and the forthcoming Zapad exercises due to take place in Russia and Belarus, and which have set some security analysts and military personnel speculating about possible incursions. 

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Canadian media reports on Latvia deployment

With the arrival of the first main contingent of Canadian troops in Latvia as part of the NATO enhanced forward presence (eFP), Canadian media has been reporting extensively on the mission.

US forces show off beach bodies in Latvia

Surf was up near Ventspils June 6 with US forces putting on a show of their capabilities that included the USS Arlington, a B-52 bomber, hovercraft and amphibious landing vehicles.

Saber Strike about to be unsheathed in Latvia

Members of the public are being warned not be disturbed by the sight of troop and military equipment movements over the next two weeks as the US-led 'Saber Strike 2017' military exercises begin in earnest.