National Guard completes «Big Sword» exercise

Latvia's volunteer militia, the Zemessardze or National Guard, have been busy training over the last week in drills titled 'Big Sword'.

From 8 to 14 August the Latvian National Guard teamed up with brothers-in-arms from the US' Michigan National Guard and the Lithuanian National Guard in and around Engure and Tukums districts for the drills, which involved nearly 800 participants.

The training aimed to develop command and control capabilities plus defensive combat and also featured support from a Latvian Mi-17 helicopter.

Now a gallery of what they got up to has been posted online which can be viewed HERE

The Latvian National Guard is currently celebrating 25 years since its formation.

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