Posts tagged as troops

Latvia to send 34 troops to NATO mission in Iraq

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Latvia is planning to participate in the latest iteration of the NATO mission in Iraq with a unit of 34 soldiers, news agency LETA said July 29. The Ministry of Defense (AM) has prepared a draft project for Saeima on the participation of Latvian soldiers in the NATO mission in Iraq until November 1 2022. AM said that in October 2016 NATO defense ministers approved training and security strengthening activities in Iraq and its region.…

The Baltic States and sold freedom

By Lukas Ramonas on Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Military personnel from Latvia and Lithuania are participating in joint exercise with the U.S. Northern Strike2020. Northern Strike 20 is held July 19-31 at Michigan’s National All-Domain Warfighting Center, encompassing Camp Grayling Maneuver Training Center and Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center. More than 2,300 personnel participate, including Army and Air National Guard forces from California, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin. Active-duty…

US to deploy hundreds of troops to Lithuania for training

Thursday, July 16, 2020

The United States will deploy hundreds of American troops to Lithuania for training over the next few years, said US Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy in Vilnius on Thursday. “We intend to continue these deployments to Lithuania where both of our forces can mutually benefit from shared operations,” he told reporters after meeting with Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis. “This level of cooperation, training, security and, ultimately, stability has…

Baltic countries are begging troops from Washington

By Lukas Ramonas on Tuesday, July 14, 2020

“Washington intends to relocate 9,500 U.S. troops from Germany to two different countries by the end of September” said U.S. President Donald Trump in his interview with the Washington Post last week. Poland is already in line to receive some of these troops. The second one will be a country that fulfills obligations to finance defense forces in the amount of GDP 2%. Now, Latvia wants to become this country.…

Canadian troops forced to hitch ride with British military to and from Latvia

Friday, July 10, 2020

Canadian troops have been forced to hitch a ride with the British military to get to and from Latvia due to a shortage of working planes. Canada has 540 troops in Latvia, where they form the core of a 1,500-strong multinational battlegroup established by NATO three years ago. Similar battlegroups led by Britain, Germany and the U.S. have been established in Estonia, Lithuania and Poland, respectively. The current Canadian contingent…

Baltics in a bid to host US troops departing Germany

By Jeff Seldin on Friday, July 10, 2020

As thousands of US troops are set to depart Germany, Latvia has said it would be ready to host them in the Baltics. Voice of America reports. There may be some additional competition for the thousands of US troops that could soon be on their way out of Germany. Poland is already in line to receive some of the 9,500 troops that US President Donald Trump plans to withdraw from…

Russian troops in Belarus would be an ‘early warning’ for Baltics

Monday, July 6, 2020

Russian troops traversing Belarus could be an “early warning” of Moscow’s military aggression against the Baltics, according to a report by Chatham House analyst commissioned by Vilnius Policy Analysis Institute. In the  report on Belarus and Russia, presented in Vilnius on June 23, Anais Marin from Chatham House analysed the prevailing myths on the two countries’ integration – including the military union envisioned by the Union State treaty signed in 1999.…

Lithuania sends additional troops to Mali

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Lithuania has sent additional troops to the mission in Mali in response to request by its allies, according to the country’s Defence Ministry. The squad of some 10 troops from the National Defence Volunteer Forces (KASP) – Lithuania’s territorial military units – departed the country on Tuesday. They will join the UN-led stablisation and peacekeeping operation MINUSMA in Mali. Thirty-two Lithuanian soldiers are currently deployed in the west African country.…

Lithuania expects some of US troops withdrawn from Germany to stay in Europe

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The Lithuanian Defense Ministry expects that some of the troops that the United States plans to withdraw from Germany will stay in Europe. “The United States of America independently takes decisions on the number and movement of its military personnel in Europe,” the ministry told BNS when asked to comment on Washington’s plans to withdraw thousands of American troops stationed in Germany. “The movement of troops is constantly taking place…

NATO kicks off Baltic Sea drills downscaled due to pandemic

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Two Lithuanian vessels have departed for the annual US-led NATO exercise BALTOPS in the Baltic Sea, which has been downscaled due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, the drills will involve fewer troops and will take place exclusively at sea to reduce risks of the pandemic. All participating troops have been tested for Covid-19 and amphibious landings have been cancelled. The exercise, involving 3,000 personnel, 28 ships and various aircraft…