Defense
HIMARS is a hit, albeit with a hiccup
The United States' famous HIMARS rocket system put on a show in Latvia September 26, making the national news headlines in the process.
HIMARS training taking place in Latvia
On Monday and Tuesday, September 26 and 27, military training of NATO member states and partner countries organized by NATO Air Force Command will take place in the territory of the National Armed Forces Aviation Base. 
Mandatory military service law advances in government
At a meeting on Tuesday, September 20, the Cabinet approved the draft law drafted by the Ministry of Defense (AM), which provides for the introduction of a mandatory service at the National Armed Forces (NBS). The draft law shall be directed for urgent viewing at the Saeima.
USS Paul Ignatius calls in at Rīga port
The United States Navy missile ship-destroyer “USS Paul Ignatius” paid a visit to Rīga port on Thursday. The ship, which is on a planned patrol in the Baltic Sea, carries out surveillance and participates in joint training with NATO's allied Maritime Command, Latvian Television reported September 15.
Five kilometers of fence constructed on Latvia-Belarus border
Since August, five kilometres of the permanent fence have been constructed on the Latvian-Belarusian border but altogether, construction work has been carried out in 28.1 km of the deforested 57 km, State Real Estate (VNĪ) said on September 14.
Discussion this week on "Transatlantic security: from Madrid to Vilnius summit"
In the framework of the annual Riga Dialogue, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, in cooperation with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Nuclear Threat Initiative, and European Leadership Network is holding a public discussion on September 16 from 17:30 titled: "Transatlantic security: from Madrid to Vilnius summit".
Liepāja military scooter project gets into gear
Anyone of the opinion that electric scooters are the sole preserve of annoying youths on sidewalks may soon be forced to revise their opinion, thanks to a Liepāja-based company, reports Kurzeme TV.
USS Kearsarge calls in at Rīga
The United States Navy made a spectacular arrival at the port of Rīga September 6, in the form of the giant USS Kearsarge.
NATO top brass in town for training
Don't be surprised to see plenty of military braid and brass on show in Rīga in coming days, as senior NATO commanders are in town for training purposes.
Expect a text from the Defense Ministry next week
On September 7 and 8, the Ministry of Defense, in cooperation with mobile service providers and during the training of the State Fire and Rescue Service, will carry out a notification check of Latvian residents via SMS to check the accessibilty of residents in crisis situations.
Latvia's military support to Ukraine amounts to EUR 300 million
Since February 24, the military support provided by the Latvian government to Ukraine in the fight against the Russian attack has been estimated at around €300 million, while Latvian residents, businesses and non-governmental organizations have collected donations of more than €15.7 million, the Ministry of Defense said on August 29.
Latvia-Belarus border situation tense again
The situation on the Latvian–Belarusian border has escalated again, and as of August, the number of illegal migrants has reached the level of March this year, Latvian Radio reported on August 26.
Latvia and U.S. conducting air support drills
From August 17 to 25, military exercises under the name "Simple Strike" will be held at the Ādaži military range and around Madona region to train and improve cooperation between Latvia and the United States in the field of close air support.
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