When the Military Gets Tangled up in Politics

  • 2009-08-27
  • By Karlis Streips
Back in 2005, Latvia purchased five mine-sweeping ships from the Netherlands. This is nothing extraordinary. For some time now, Latvia has found itself a niche in the wide, wonderful world of military and, particularly, naval operations. We have no aircraft carrier (we don't really have much aircraft to speak of). So we sweep for mines.But those who follow the travails of this country will surely suspect that the story doesn't end there. Because, you see, the government somehow managed to purchase the ships from the Netherlands… without technical documentation!  I really want to ...
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