Over 3,000 troops and 200 vehicles from 12 NATO Allies took place in exercise Silver Arrow.
The multinational exercise, which wraps up in Latvia on 3 October, provides an opportunity for forces to enhance their readiness and train with one of four NATO battlegroups in the region. Exercise Silver Arrow tests the group’s ability to plan and conduct operations with the Latvian Mechanized Infantry Brigade.
Around 1,000 troops from Albania, Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Montenegro, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain make up the NATO battlegroup.
This week, Joint Terminal Attack Controllers – specialised soldiers who guide fighter aircraft to targets on the ground – from Canada, Italy, Latvia, Slovenia and Spain conducted air-to-ground training at Camp Ādaži. Two Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 fighter aircraft will also support the exercise, conducting air-to-ground support missions.
NATO deployed four multinational battlegroups to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland in 2017. These battlegroups, led by the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and the United States respectively, are multinational, and combat-ready. NATO’s battlegroups form part of the biggest reinforcement of the Alliance‘s collective defence in a generation.