Another busy week of military exercises in Latvia

Ongoing military training exercises being staged in Latvia in coming days will include both land and air components.

Ramstein Legacy 2022 will test air defense capabilities of the Baltic States and Poland from May 30 to June 6 in Ogre district, including the National Armed Forces Aviation Base.

According to NATO, this Integrated Air and Missile Defence (IAMD) exercise is going to be "the largest ground-based IAMD exercise in the world, bringing together NATO IAMD Allies and partners to build theatre-wide procedural interoperability."

The training will take place simultaneously in the territory and airspace of Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia.

Approximately 300 soldiers of the Air Defense units of the Air Force, the Mechanized Infantry Brigade of the Land Forces, the National Guard, as well as from the Air Defense Units of the Italian, Czech and US Armed Forces will take part in the training in Latvia.

The exercise will involve NATO military aviation and short-range air defense systems, including the RBS-70, STINGER and AVENGER missiles.

On Monday afternoon, multiple reports of loud noises and even shaking houses were made on Latvian social media from various locations, initially causing some concern that there might have been an explosion. However, LTV reported the Ministry of Defense as saying the noises were the result of sonic booms caused by training flights of jet fighters from NATO's Baltic Air Police mission. 

Meanwhile in Ventspils district from May 30 to June 17, tactical training of the Latvian  Military Police is taking place in the territory of Tārgale and Ance parishes.

Exercises will be performed in both daylight and at night. The active training phases will take place from 31 May to 02 June and from 6 to 17 June, when fireworks and combat simulations will be used at the training grounds, which will cause short-term noise and smoke, but will not endanger the health or life of others.

Military police soldiers will temporarily travel on public roads, as well as on adjacent minor roads with various military vehicles. The Ventspils to Kolka highway will be used, as well as minor roads in the vicinity of Miķeļbakas, Lūžņa and Irbene.

The public is asked not to be concerned by the sight of troops on the move and to cooperate with instructions from police if necessary.

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