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November 18 military parade will be largest since restoration of independence in Latvia

BC, Riga, 17.11.2017.Print version

Latvian Independence Day military parade on November 18, 2017 will be the largest since the restoration of independence, the Defense Ministry's press department confirmed to LETA.

 

Over 1,000 National Armed Forces and Home Guard soldiers will march in the parade, as well as border guards, police officers, firefighters and Youth Guards. Naval Forces Commander Ingus Vizulis will head the parade, which will be received by President Raimonds Vejonis, National Armed Forces Commander Leonids Kalnins and Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis (Greens/Farmers).

 

The parade will be attended by esteemed military guests from abroad, including Commander of the Canadian Army Paul Wynnyk.

 

Marching in the parade will be soldiers of the Canadian-led multi-national NATO battalion station in Latvia.

 

Also marching in the parade will be soldiers from Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Great Britain, Lithuania, Sweden and the United States, with whom Latvian soldiers work shoulder to shoulder in various military missions and training operations on a daily.

 

At the rear of the parade will be a display of Latvian and allied military hardware, including Spanish and Polish tanks, as well as US Blackhawk helicopters and NATO fighters currently based in the Baltics.

 

Also in display for this first time will be the self-propelled howitzers recently purchased from Austria, as well as the CVR(T) armored vehicles purchased from Great Britain.





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