U.S. Black Hawks rotate into Latvia

American troops with Black Hawk helicopters have arrived in Latvia to strengthen regional security and to demonstrate the U.S. presence in the region, the Latvian Defense Ministry said July 13.

Over 70 U.S. troops from the 3rd Battalion, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Aviation Regiment, and five UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters will be on duty at the Lielvarde aviation base in central Latvia, replacing the soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Division, 227 Aviation Regiment, who had been serving in Latvia since November last year.

The new U.S. rotation will see the personnel training together with the servicemen of the Latvian National Armed Forces and the allied soldiers from the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroup deployed to Latvia as well as participating in military exercises. The new U.S. contingent is expected to stay in Latvia for nine months.

The U.S. maintains a separate but parallel presence that is not technically part of the eFP Battlegroup.

Operation Atlantic Resolve is described as a demonstration of U.S. commitment to collective security in the region.

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