The annual Saber Strike military exercises started at 10 a.m. at the Adazi military base in Latvia on June 8 2015.
Present at the ceremony were recently elected Latvian President (currently Defence Minister), Raimonds Vejonis, of the Greens and Farmers Union, and National Armed Forces Commander Raimonds Graube.
The exercises will take place in all three Baltic States and Poland from June 8 to 19. The joint exercises, which are comprised of NATO and non-NATO troops, will host more than 6,000 troops from the United States, Great Britain, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Poland, Norway, Denmark and Slovenia.
The Baltic-region based Saber Strike exercises have been an annual part of NATO’s Allied Shield training exercises since 2010.