Armed forces wrap up Saber Strike 2014

The international land- and air-based military training exercise „Saber Strike 2014” officially ended Friday at the Latvian National Armed Forces base in Adazi. Altogether around 4700 soldiers took part in the two-week long drills, including more than 500 National Armed Forces personnel from Latvia, which was hosting the event. 

While all of the training goals were met, there is still room for improvement, Brigadier General Ainars Ozolins told the Defense Ministry portal Sargs.lv.

As host of this year’s drill, Latvia welcomed soldiers from Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Poland, Norway, Great Britain and the US - the broadest allied coalition yet invited to participate in “Saber Strike”.

These were the fourth consecutive annual “Saber Strike” training operations held in the Baltic States with the aim of improving the coordination, defensive capabilities and preparedness of the respective armed services.

Saber Strike 2014 is just the latest in a series of important military drills Latvia has hosted recently, the most high-profile of them being the NATO Steadfast Jazz exercises in November 2013. 

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