Two units of Armed Forces received vehicles presented by Norwegian Armed Forces
On 19 December, during a ceremonial event, two units of Armed Forces received vehicles presented by Norwegian Armed Forces.
The Minister of Defence Artis Pabriks and the Ambassador of Norway to Latvia Jan Ole Grevstad presented the keys of vehicles to soldiers of the Staff Battalion and National Guard 17th Air Defence Battalion, thus the first out of 34 presented vehicles, accompanied by the Military Police, reached the units.
In the near future also other units of Armed Forces will receive the vehicles presented by the Norwegian Armed Forces, and thus the already used and rather old military vehicles will be replaced with new ones.
Chief of Defence, Lieutenant General Raimonds Graube and Norwegian Defence Attaché Colonel Britt Tove Berg Brestrup participated in the ceremony as well.
A month ago, Latvian Armed Forces received 134 Scania P93 five and eight-tonne trucks, eight Scania NM154 recovery vehicles and 12 Mercedes-Benz 300GDN medical vehicles as present from Norway.
These vehicles were in long-term storage (reserve) at the Norwegian Armed Forces. They have been manufactured in 1990ies and are in technically good condition.
Expenses of Latvian Armed Forces for the transportation of vehicles from Norway to Latvia reach about LVL 380,000.
This is not the only donation that has been received by Latvia from Norway.
Last September the Ministers of Defence of Latvia and Norway exchanged with documents regarding the reached agreement in relation to donation of equipment worth LVL 650,000 that was already granted by Norway to Latvia. The donation consists of about 5000 bulletproof helmets, 2000 units of bulletprof vests and 2000 units of several kind of tactical gear.