'CAT 24' tank trials under way in Latvia

From May 1 to 4, the active phase of the "CAT 24" military training conducted by the battle group of NATO's extended presence in Latvia will take place at the Ādaži military range near Rīga.

During the exercise, a tank competition will take place, the aim of which is to strengthen the integration and firepower of NATO allies.

The "CAT 24" exercise will be attended by the crews of tank and combat vehicle units from Italy, Canada, Great Britain, Norway, Poland, Spain and Germany to work on unit tactics, techniques and procedures and sharing experiences.

The winners of the competition will even get to rumble home with a special trophy.

Previously, the same exercises took place within the framework of the military exercises "Iron Spear", however, this year the exercises have regained their historical name "CAT" (Canadian Army Trophy). The tank competition called "CAT" was first held in 1963.

Canada leads NATO's extended presence battle group in Latvia, which currently consists of more than 1,900 soldiers from Albania, the Czech Republic, Iceland, Italy, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Canada, who are on duty in Latvia on a rotating basis and serve alongside domestic armed forces.

From May 1 to 3, firing will take place both in daylight and in the dark. Live ammunition will be used during the exercises and loal residents are being called upon to show an understading attitude to any inconvenience this might cause.


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