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Oct 23 2020

WEEK 43 - NORTHERN EUROPE OPERATIONAL UPDATE

Historic Ordinance Disposal in Estonian waters

This week, Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1), supported by 3 additional ships from the Estonian Navy, conducted a Historic Ordinance Disposal (HOD) operation within Estonian territorial waters and the wider Baltic Sea Region. The aim was to identify and dispose of sea mines, unexploded bombs and other types of residual historical explosive ordinance from the World Wars that still pose a threat to civilian and military vessels transiting the area.

Exercise ‘Furious Axe’ in Latvia

The British-led NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroup Estonia deployed to Ādaži training area in Latvia, for Exercise ‘Furious Axe’. This exercise aims to fully integrate the Danish and British eFP units into the Estonian 1st Infantry Brigade.

NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Latvia (eFP BG LVA) are playing 'opposition forces' - testing both Battlegroups in defensive operations using the full breadth of the brigade’s capabilities.

This exercise will be a real test of the interoperability between heavy armour, dismounted infantry, artillery, combat engineers and a whole host of combat support services.

"The main objective of the exercise is to ensure the functioning of the allied Battlegroup in the framework of a brigade in cooperation with our battalion,"

said commander of the 1st Estonian Infantry Brigade, Colonel Vahur Karus.

NATO’s eFP Battlegroups ensure their continuing readiness to defend the eastern flank of the Alliance through long-term cooperation with all the partner nation’s contributing units; further developing an effective capability to act as a collective deterrence force in the region.

Exercise ‘Dynamic Guard 20’

After a 3-day port call in Cartagena, Spain, Standing Naval Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) Flagship ESPS Alvaro de Bazan, on Monday 19 October, joined other ships attached to SNMG2 in the Western Mediterranean to take part in the electronic warfare exercise ‘Dynamic Guard 20’.

The exercise is the second iteration of ‘Dynamic Guard’ this year and aims to test the electronic warfare capabilities and capacity for interoperability between NATO maritime forces, and to demonstrate the enhanced abilities of SNMG2 when working cooperatively.

Exercises such as this allow for comprehensive testing of the implementation of the Alliance’s maritime strategy, helping to improve the understanding of current maritime security challenges and underline the Alliance’s sustained commitment to collective defence and crisis management.

Story by JFC Brunssum Public Affairs Office

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