NATO special forces hone their skills in Daugavpils

Special forces units from Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and the United States showed off their skills in a rare display for the cameras in Latvia's second-largest city, Daugavpils, the Alliance's Twitter feed said Saturday.

"In Exercise Flaming Sword the Lithuanian military trained together with troops from the Latvian Special Operations Unit, Norwegian Special Forces and the U.S. Navy SEALs," the accompanying information said.

At the crack of dawn various small teams working together as a joint force simulated storming a building and clearing rooms. The teams used flash bangs and specially adapted weapons that fired paint rounds.

The exercise took place at a Latvian military training area in the city of Daugavpils."

The full gallery of spec-ops teams in action can be seen here.

The small-scale exercise happened just ahead of one of biggest exercises NATO has held in the Baltic states, Saber Strike 2015, which kicked off Monday to train roughly 6,000 troops from 13 NATO Allies and partner nations.

Held on June 1-19, the training will consist of two phases, namely, a field training and brigade staff training with computerized simulators, with Lithuania taking center stage.

The overall goal of the US Army Europe-organised international Exercise Saber Strike 2015 is to develop and enhance the cooperation in planning and executing military operations, improving professionalism of military personnel and training to render Host Nation Support, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said.

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