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2014.06.10 11:51

NATO starts largest-ever Saber Strike 2014 exercises in Baltic states

BNS | DELFI | The Lithuania Tribune2014.06.10 11:51

(BNS) Saber Strike 2014, one of NATO’s largest exercises of land forces in the Baltic states, is starting on Monday in Latvia’s Adazi training grounds. During the three-week exercise, thousands of NATO troops representing ten countries will practice techniques and protocols for coordinating action in defense and assault operations.

(BNS) Saber Strike 2014, one of NATO’s largest exercises of land forces in the Baltic states, is starting on Monday in Latvia’s Adazi training grounds. During the three-week exercise, thousands of NATO troops representing ten countries will practice techniques and protocols for coordinating action in defense and assault operations.

In Lithuania, the exercise will be start Tuesday, with some 700 Danish soldiers arriving in the country on Monday. Approximately 2,000 exercise participants from Denmark, Estonia, the US, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Finland will attend a formal ceremony in Rukla at the parade ground of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanized Infantry Battalion. The ceremony will be broadcasted live on video-sharing site YouTube.

In total, the Saber Strike 2014 in Rukla, Lithuania, will involve about 2,600 troops coming mainly from Denmark (1,100), Lithuania (900), as well as about 200 soldiers from the US, 50 from Poland and a few dozen each from Estonia and Finland. The exercise will include about 800 units of military vehicles.

The Saber Strike exercises will take place simultaneously in all three Baltic states from 9-20 June. In Lithuania, Saber Strike 2014 will end on 18 June, while Latvia will be the last Baltic state to finish the exercise on 20 June.

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