It is the first time that the military excercise is being held in the Baltic States.
ADAZI - A major military training exercise including more than 1,700 troops from the US and the Baltics has begun in the Latvian town of Adazi.
The exercise, dubbed "Sabre Strike 2010", involves troops from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland and the United States.
"The aim of „Sabre Strike 2011” is to tune together interoperability procedures and improve the integration of land and air operational ability of three Baltic States and the U.S with prospects of participation in the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) operation in Afghanistan and other multinational operations in the future," the Latvian ministry of defense said in a press release issued ahead of the exercise.
The training mission began over the weekend and is due to continue until the end of the month. In the exercise troops will conduct patrols in settlement areas, live firing tasks, a raid, and other types of military operations.
This is the first time the exercise, which is organized by the United States, has been held in the Baltic States.