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Saber Strike and Baltic Host kick off in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia

Saber Strike and Baltic Host kick off in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia Saber Strike and Baltic Host kick off in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia

The U.S.-led exercise, Saber Strike kicked off Monday, 9 June, at the Ādaži training area, Latvia. The exercise aims to improve joint operational capability and interoperability with regional Allies and Partners.

This year Saber Strike will integrate exercise Baltic Host aimed training cooperation with the Baltic nations´ civil authorities in providing Host Nation Support while receiving Allied assistance. The two exercises will run in parallel in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Saber Strike portion of the exercise will train approximately 4 700 participants from 10 NATO and Partner nations - Canada, Denmark, Estonia, the United States, the UK, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Finland. Several participants of the exercise training audience will train in Estonia, around 2 000 in Latvia and approximately 2 600 in Lithuania.

“The Estonian Scouts Battalion; the core unit of the Baltic Battalion, activated for NATO Response Force readiness in 2016; will receive a valuable experience from Saber Strike,” Commander of the 1st Infantry Brigade, Lieutenant Colonel Aron Kalmus with the command over Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian companies at Saber Strike, said.

Close to 400 members of the Scouts Battalion will train co-operation with land forces units at Ādaži training area. The 1st Infantry Brigade staff will train staff procedures with Allied headquarters in Tartu.

Saber Strike also features the integration of U.S. close air support with ground forces and a demonstration of air deployment of forces and equipment. The United States Minnesota National Guard F-16 fighter jets arrived at Ämari Air Force Base last week and will conduct combat flights from there. The Strato Tanker KC-135, as well as the Navy aircraft P-8 and P-3 will support the exercise from Ämari.

A coordination team from NATO Joint Force Command Brunssum will enhance NATO’s ability to work together with other NATO Allies and key regional Partners. The element is intended to support training and exercise events within the command’s area of responsibility.

Saber Strike includes brigade-level command post exercise and computer assisted exercise throughout the Baltic states and company level tactical field exercise and situational training exercise in Latvia, Ādaži training area and Lithuania, Gaižiūnų training range.

Exercise Saber Strike is an annual multinational exercise organized by the U. S. Army in Europe (USAREUR) and hosted by Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

This year’s exercise objectives facilitate cooperation amongst participating nations to improve joint operational capability in a range of missions as well as preparing the participating nations and units to support multinational contingency operations.

The exercise trains participants on command and control as well as interoperability with regional Partners. All activities will feature joint, multinational training among the participating nations.

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