Estonia: Company of British battalion to carry out exercise in Saaremaa

TALLINN, Oct 06, BNS – A company of the British battalion is to carry out a two-day exercise on Saaremaa Island and is to also meet with local residents.

The Estonian Kaitseliit (Defense League) volunteer corps said that the 130-strong British company is to arrive in Saaremaa on Sunday and will practice on foot patrols on Tagamoisa Pensinsula on Monday and Tuesday. The British troops on Wednesday play a match of football with FC Kuressaare, visit English language classes in local schools and display their equipment in the courtyard of Kuressaare Castle.

“It is very positive that a number of subdivisions of NATO allies stationed in Estonia plan cooperation training with the subdivisions of the Saaremaa region of the Kaitseliit (Defense League) volunteer corps and with the participation the naval, air force and army units,” Lt. Col. Raul Opik, officer of the civil-military cooperation of the naval subdistrict of the Saaremaa region of the Kaitseliit, said. “The people of Saaremaa will have the opportunity to closely see and experience the equipment of the allies participating in these cooperation trainings.”

“The joint exercise to be held in Saaremaa help us see and ensure that the member states of the alliance take our collective defense need seriously and NATO deterrence is working in close cooperation with our local units,” Opik said.

Strike aircraft from the Maryland National Guard visited Kuressaare in August and in cooperation with local Kaitseliit units participated in a two-day air defense exercise over the Gulf of Riga.

“During the exercise, the strike aircraft were stationed at the Kuressaare air field secured by Kaitseliit’s Saaremaa subdistrict and the training cooperation with the subdivisions of our region was also carried out on sea,” Opik said.

 

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