TALLINN - Over 400 soldiers of the Scouts Battalion and Artillery Battalion of the 1st Infantry Brigade of the Estonian defense forces are taking part in an exercise being held on the Adazi training grounds in Latvia.
The Steel Shield exercise started on the Adazi training grounds this week, during which over 400 soldiers of the Scouts Battalion and Artillery Battalion will practice operating as a joint unit and receive an assessment of their training, the press officer of the 1st Infantry Brigade said.
The active phase of the exercise will last until Nov. 16 and culminate in the battalion's firing exercise, which will also include the use of CV-9035 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs).
Altogether 40 soldiers of the Artillery Battalion are also taking part in the exercise this year and will carry out their firing exercise on the Adazi training grounds on Friday.
Held annually since 2005, Steel Shield marks the culmination of the Scouts Battalion's annual training cycle, during which firing exercises of the company as well as the battalion level take place. At the disposal of the Scouts Battalion are both CV-9035 IFVs as well as the Sisu XA-188 armed personnel carriers.