Composition of NATO battlegroup in Latvia laid out

The total number and composition of the NATO battalion under Canadian command that will be on duty in Latvia from June has been specified by Latvia's National Armed Forces information portal www.sargs.lv.

According to sargs.lv, the Canadian-led battalion level battle group will be composed of about 1,138 soldiers, as well as armor, armored transport and combat support.

Of that number, 450 will be Canadian mechanized infantry bringing with them armored vehicles and various support elements. A specialized Canadian reconnaissance platoon will also be on the ground.

Albania will send 18 combat (explosive ordnance disposal) engineers.

Italy will send a mechanized infantry company consisting of 160 soldiers plus armored fighting vehicles.

Poland will send a tank company with 160 troops.

Slovenia will send 50 soldiers specializing in defense aaginst weapons of mass destruction, (chemical, biological and nuclear weapon defense, decontamination operations etc).

Spain will send the second-largest contingent: 300 soldiers from a mechanized infantry company and armored vehicles, combat engineers and support elements. See them in action in the video below.

Though some troops and equipment are already on the ground, the bulk of the reinforcements, which will work in concert with local Latvian forces, is expected to arrive in June.


 

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