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16 May 2014 07:15

Kevadtorm becomes NATO's Steadfast Javelin 1

Kevadtorm becomes NATO's Steadfast Javelin 1 Kevadtorm becomes NATO's Steadfast Javelin 1

NATO Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum will, today assume responsibility for conduct of the NATO-led exercise STEADFAST JAVELIN 1, following a pre-planned transfer of authority, from the Estonian exercise KEVADTORM, agreed between NATO and the Estonian government. 

“NATO’s decision shows the credibility Kevadtorm has achieved over the years as well as displays strong support of Allies to Estonia and to the whole region,” Commander of Estonian Defence Forces, Major General Riho Terras said. “Up to now we have been organizing a large-scale Estonian Defence Forces exercise, the NATO involvement gives our development a strong boost as well as allows Kevadtorm to become one of the most important exercises in the Baltic Sea region,” he added.

Responsibility for conduct of the exercise rests with the Commander Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum, General Hans-Lothar Domröse who said: "It is my great privilege to assume command of the forces participating in Exercise Steadfast Javelin 1 today. There is no doubt the Baltic Alliance is strong. And NATO’s resolve to assure its members of the ongoing utility of the Washington Treaty remains central to our actions”.

STEADFAST JAVELIN 1 will be conducted in the spirit of NATO’s Connected Forces Initiative, using advanced technology to develop interoperability and operational preparedness and to maintain NATO’s readiness and combat effectiveness. A liaison team and participants from Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum arrived in Estonia on 14 May to liaise with their Estonian counterparts and ensure a smooth transition.

General Domröse will conduct the exercising and training of approximately 6,000 personnel during STEADFAST JAVELIN 1. Successful completion of STEADFAST JAVELIN1 will confirm that Alliance forces are closely aligned and capable of providing collective defence and the delivery of effective security and stability in accordance with NATO’s stated aims.

The North Atlantic Council on 16 April 2014 agreed on a package of extra military measures to reinforce the Alliance’s collective defence in wake of the crisis in Ukraine. These measures include enhanced exercises, updated defence plans and appropriate deployments.

Headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces, 717 1900, mil[at]mil.ee, Juhkentali 58, EE15007, Tallinn, Estonia.

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