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2012.11.14 09:30

Baltic states will host NATO’s collective defence exercise – Steadfast Jazz 2013

Jorge Marcano | The Lithuania Tribune2012.11.14 09:30

Next year, the Baltic states will host NATO’s collective defence exercise. Titled Steadfast Jazz 2013, the military exercises are scheduled to take place in Poland and the Baltic states, next autumn. The exercise will occur in conjunction with the yearly war games “Baltic Host”, which would see Baltic troops practising supervision of support to force NATO countries arriving answering an emergency action message.

Next year, the Baltic states will host NATO’s collective defence exercise. Titled Steadfast Jazz 2013, the military exercises are scheduled to take place in Poland and the Baltic states, next autumn. The exercise will occur in conjunction with the yearly war games “Baltic Host”, which would see Baltic troops practising supervision of support to force NATO countries arriving answering an emergency action message.

According to the Defence Ministry, a organising meeting for the Steadfast Jazz 201 began in Vilnius today at the bureau of the Lithuanian Armed Forces’ Joint Staff. Baltic representatives as well as participants from all NATO forces in the continent alongside their US counterparts.

The press release about this important training exercise, “the exclusive feature of the exercise will be that it will be held in conjunction with the Baltic Host 2013, a Baltic exercise intended to prepare for provision of assistance to NATO allies. The exercise of NATO response forces readiness to respond to possible crisis, Steadfast Jazz will use NATO’s article 5 (collective defence) scenario,” explained the press release. Brigadier General Vilmantas Tamosaitis, commander of the Joint Staff said merging both exercises and groups, “allow improving the readiness of the Baltic States to provide hosting support, considerably,” remarked General Tamosaitis.

Details on the Steadfast Jazz 2013 exercises are still quite thin but what is known is that military and operational elements ascribed to NATO forces will be redeployed to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, according to the country’s ministry of defence. Expressing discretion about the military exercise next year, Lithuanian Chief of Defence General Arvydas Pocius, said that “I would not really want to talk about it, as the exercises have to do with special forces. Therefore, some aspects have so far been labelled as classified. More information may available letter, after the start or before the start of the exercise. The exercise will not take place on the table only,” Pocius concluded.

Lithuania’s Defence Ministry launched a press release highlighting “the exercise evaluates the readiness of military units of NATO countries ” delegated to be on duty in NATO responses in 2014,” the statement said.


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