Two large-scale international military exercises to be held in Latvia this spring

  • 2020-02-12
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Two large-scale international military exercises will be held in Latvia this spring, the Defense Ministry informs.

From April 25 to May 17, 2020, it is planned to organize the joint military training Swift Response for the national and foreign armed forces in the territory of Latvia. This will be an airborne division battalion level field tactical exercise.

Participating in the exercise will be military units from the United States, Great Britain, Spain and Italy.

Swift Response is an annual US Army Europe-led exercise to train allied forces in strategic airborne response capabilities in the event of a sudden threat.

During the international military exercise, the National Armed Forces (NAF) will also train the ability to provide host nation support by improving cooperation between the armed forces of Latvia and allies.

From April 27 to May 22, it is planned to organize another joint exercise of the NAF and allied military units Defender (Livex) in the territory of Latvia. These are corps-level field tactical exercises for full range operations.

During military training, the US Army will first train its grouping and deployment capabilities within the US, moving equipment from base to base and then to port.

Secondly, it will be an operational deployment of military forces to European ports for subsequent redeployment across Europe, starting with Germany and Poland, as well as the Baltic, Eastern European and Nordic countries.

It is planned that troops from NATO member states will participate in the exercise. During this military exercise, the US Army will test the quick deployment of its forces to Europe in the event of a potential crisis and expand operations in several countries at the same time.

It is planned that approximately 20,000 soldiers with heavy machinery, equipment and armaments will participate in the exercise, but up to 1,500 foreign soldiers are planned for the phase in Latvia.

During this exercise, the NAF will also train its host state support capabilities.