NATO drills continue on land, at sea and in the air

While international media may be all a-flutter about the large ZAPAD military exercises being conducted by Russia and Belarus close to the borders of the Baltic states, Latvia continues to host other smaller but no less important NATO drills.

The first ever arrival of a British A400M transport plane August 28 at the recently upgraded Lielvarde airbase in central Latvia saw the start of preparations for the Rammstein Dust II-17 exercises, details of which can be read HERE.

Further technical information about the background to Rammstein Dust II-17 is HERE.

Meanwhile out at sea the Open Spirit exercises continue until August 31 to find and destroy wartime munitions. Latvia's National Armed Forces have a nice gallery from the Baltic Sea via the link below.

Back at the Adazi military base, another recent arrival as part of the Canadian contingent has been telling of his initial experiences on deployment to Latvia.

Keeping pace with the Canadian contingent are their Spanish colleagues who took to Twitter to note that they have completed recent certification tests in Latvia.

And just in case anyone needed a reminder, NATO took the opportunity August 28 to mention again that its battlegroups in the Baltic states are now fully operational.

Finally, US F-15s have arrived in Lithuania to take over air policing duties for the next six months. Read more about their mission HERE.

Here's some footage of similar planes in action in Lithuania in 2015.

If after that lot you still have any appetite left for NATO and Russia's relations, here's a factsheet.

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