New flock of U.S. Black Hawk helicopters rotates into Latvia

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From July 13 to 20, as part of the ongoing the U.S. military operation "Atlantic Resolve", about 10 UH-60 "Black Hawk" helicopters will arrive in Latvia to strengthen regional security, Latvia's Defense Ministry confirmed July 10.

It will be part of a larger movement of US troops with about 60 UH-60 "Black Hawk" helicopters in all who will be stationed at military bases in Latvia, Germany and Poland.

Soldiers of the 101st combat aviation brigade will work alongside Latvia's National Armed Forces at the Aviation Base at Lielvārde, and will train with other NATO troops stationed in Latvia. It is planned that this rotation will stay in Latvia for nine months.

The arrivals coincide with recent statements by Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks in which he said Latvia would like an even larger U.S. presence and would be prepared to pay for it.

“We are ready — and this is an official announcement — we are ready to invest to receive a certain amount of American troops on Latvian soil,” he was quoted as saying during a Brookings Institution online seminar last week. You can watch his whole contribution in the video segment below.


According to the U.S. Army, "Atlantic Resolve provides these rotational units with the ability to build readiness, increase interoperability and enhances the bond between ally and partner militaries through multinational training events.

"There are three types of Atlantic Resolve rotations – armored, aviation and sustainment task force. These rotations are overseen by the 1st Cavalry Division (Forward), a regionally aligned headquarters based in Poznan, Poland."

There are approximately 6,000 Soldiers participating in Atlantic Resolve at any given time, conducting operations and exercises across 17 countries.

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