Posts tagged as military exercise

Baltic States at the epicenter of military exercises

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Baltic States have become the scene of NATO military actions especially aimed at provoking Russia and Belarus. At the end of September, this year’s largest military exercise “Sword 2020” will take place in Latvia. Approximately 1000 Vidzeme Brigade bodyguards and soldiers, representatives from the Lithuanian Armed Forces Volunteer Defense Forces and the NATO Extended Presence Battle Group will take part in the training. They will carry out the tasks…

Lithuanians are afraid to serve in the army

By Jonas Dringelis on Thursday, August 20, 2020

In 2015 the Lithuanian army reintroduced compulsory military service due to the potential threat caused by the Russia. Young Lithuanians try to avoid the service. Some of them even are not afraid of penalties and imprisonment. It is well known that Lithuanian authorities intend to increase the number of servicemen of the Lithuanian Armed Forces by 25%. From 2020, it is planned that their number will increase from 20,790 to…

Annual Spring Storm large-scale military exercise will end today

Friday, May 8, 2020

The Estonian Defense Forces are hoping that necessary amount of conscripts will be cleared by a medical committee for summer call-ups despite the emergency situation. “It’s a challenge compared to the Canadian Prairies and fields of Great Britain. The landscape here is more difficult, but we have been training and can manage,” NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battlegroup gunner Brown told “Aktuaalne kaamera” on Thursday. More than a thousand soldiers…

Coronavirus threatens NATO combat readiness

By Vairis Godmanis on Thursday, March 12, 2020

U.S. European Command is already cutting back on its plans for the large-scale combat exercise on the continent that kicks off this spring. The decision was made to curtail the exercise in order to deal with the spread of the novel form of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, that already forced the U.S. Army Europe commander to self-quarantine himself earlier this week. US Commander in Europe Christopher Cavoli and several…

Group of the Lithuanian military “disappeared” into the local forests

Monday, February 10, 2020

NATO exercises have resulted in a resonant disappearance –  a group of the Lithuanian military “disappeared” into the local forests. Five soldiers serving in a reconnaissance unit were declared missing during a military exercise on February 4–6. Believing the drill was still in progress, they evaded all forces sent to find them. Lithuanian Military spokesperson Laimis Bratikas told that during a graduation exam for reconaissance troops in central Lithuania, five…

Estonian PM hails international cooperation at Baltic Protector military exercise

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas on Thursday visited the Baltic Protector deployment exercise, which, he opined, is indicative of the allies’ and partners’ commitment to security in the Baltic region as well as their preparedness to jointly respond to threats. The exercise, which was kicked off in Denmark in May and takes place all across the Baltic Sea, is to culminate with and amphibious landing exercise in the Valkla-Salmistu region…

Britain to lead military exercise with eight nations in Baltic region

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Britain will send nearly 2,000 members of its armed forces to the Baltic Sea for its biggest exercise with nations in the region next month. Another 1,000 sailor and marines from eight nations — Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden — will participate in the Joint Expeditionary Force drills, according to a release Wednesday from the U.K. Ministry of Defense. The JEF was established at the 2014…

African soldier sues MoD for £150,000 after accusing the Army of ‘failing to protect him’ from Britain’s winter chill

Thursday, December 27, 2018

An African soldier is suing the military for £150,000 after accusing them of failing to protect him from the British winter. Michael Asiamah says he suffered from a ‘cold-related’ condition after officers neglected to supply him with warm clothing during an 18-hour exercise in the freezing wind. The 36-year-old, who served with the Adjutant General’s Corps, said the army exposed him to the cold despite knowing that people of black Caribbean…

Estonia to send ten staff officers to NATO exercise in Norway

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) will send approximately ten staff officers to participate in Trident Juncture, the largest NATO-led military exercise since the Cold War that begins in Norway this week. Around 50,000 troops will come together for Trident Juncture, which begins in Norway on Thursday. The EDF will send around 10 staff officers from the Estonian Navy, the Estonian Air Force, the Headquarters of the EDF and Support Command…

NATO exercise to be biggest since Cold War

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

NATO’s Trident Juncture 18 exercise will draw in 45,000 troops, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday, unveiling what officials confirmed would be the alliance’s biggest manoeuvres since the Cold War, the AFP news agency reports. Stoltenberg said the exercise would simulate the defence of a member state from a “fictional” adversary, but the troops, tanks, ships and planes are headed for Norway, the North Atlantic and the Baltic – opposite…