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Iron Spear 2020 military exercise to train cooperation between Latvian and allied forces

BC, Riga , 25.03.2020.Print version

From today until March 28, the international military exercise Iron Spear 2020 will take place at the Adazi training grounds, which will be participated by the National Armed Forces' Mechanized Infantry Brigade and NATO's enhanced forward presence battle group in Latvia, Mairita Senkevica from the Defense Ministry's Military Public Relations Department, told LETA.

The aim of the exercise is to improve cooperation and compatibility between the Latvian and Allied armed forces and to carry out tank and armored fighting exercises.

The Iron Spear exercises began in 2018 and is participated by soldiers and military equipment from NATO's enhanced forward presence battle groups deployed in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, Senkevica explained.

The NATO Battle Group in Latvia, led by Canada, is currently made up of approximately 1,400 soldiers from Canada, Italy, Poland, Albania, Slovenia, Spain, the Czech Republic, Montenegro and Slovakia, and is one of NATO's strategies to enhance the NATO presence in the region and strengthen the region's security.

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