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Estonia: NATO ships arrive in Tallinn for weekend

The Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) arrived in Tallinn for a scheduled port visit over the weekend to to replenish the ship’s supplies and prepare for upcoming exercises.

During the visit the vessels are to make preparations for returning to sea and will give members of the crew the chance to rest for a few days, military spokespeople in Tallinn said. After the visit the NATO ships will remain in Estonia to carry out several exercises and be prepared for the upcoming mine clearance operation.

“The presence of NATO naval units and the clearance of World War era mines will make Estonian waterways safer for us all,” Cmdr. Peeter Ivask, commander of the fleet of the Estonian Navy, said.
Head of the SNMCMG1 Lt. Capt. Gvido Laudups on Friday also visited the headquarters of the Estonian defense forces and the NATO command element and met with Meelis Oidsalu, deputy secretary general of the Defense Ministry for defense planning.

As of June 29, SNMCMG1 is headed by Latvian Lt. Capt. Gvido Laudups, who took over the position from Estonian Cmdr. Johan-Elias Seljamaa of the Estonian Navy. The flagship of the group is the Latvian Navy’s support vessel LVNS Virsaitis. The Estonian minehunter Sakala is also part of the international unit this half-year.


Canadian Army M777 artillery guns being sent to Latvia

Gunners fire two M-777 155 mm guns during Exercise MAPLE GUARDIAN in Wainwright, Alberta on May 13, 2007. Canadian Forces photo. Cpl Simon Duchesne.

A M777 Battery from the Canadian Army will be sent overseas in support of the Enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group in Latvia, the Royal Canadian Artillery Association News reports.

The artillery will be used during bi-lateral training with U.S. units in September 2017, and Exercise SILVER ARROW, occurring in October 2017. 1 RCHA has been tasked to generate a 4 gun M777 Bty, the association news noted. The equipment will be shipped from Canada in late July, with soldiers deploying in late August or early September.

Source: Ottawa Citizen.