Latvian troops to participate in Estonian military drills

From April 25 to May 11, approximately 500 Latvian soldiers and National Guards will be involved in military drills dubbed “Kevadtorm 2019" (“Spring storm 2019”) in Estonia, the Defense Ministry has announced.

"The aim of the international military training “Spring storm 2019” is to improve the ability of units to plan and manage high-intensity military operations in a multinational environment," the ministry said.

Training will include soldiers of the Army's Mechanized Infantry Brigade, Mechanized Infantry Battalion, Battle Support Battalion, Battlefield Battalion, Air Defense Division, Military Command and Military Police, as well as elements of the NATO battlegroups based in the Baltic states.

National Guard troops will also brush up on their fire-fighting skills.

Spring storm in Estonia has been taking place since 2003, and since 2007 has included soldiers from other countries' armed forces, of which Latvia was the first country to participate. According to ERR News, the active phase of the drills will be from 29 April. The exercise will be held in Estonia's Lääne-Viru and Ida-Viru counties and involve some 10,000 troops in total.

Below you can see a video about the 2016 Kevadtorm exercises, produced by Latvia's armed forces, to get a flavor of the drills.

 

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