On May 13 in the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia an awards ceremony was held, marking the 26th anniversary of Restoration of Independence of Latvia. During the event people from Ministry of Defence, its subordinated institutions and Latvian National armed forces were awarded.
On Wednesday, 30th September Minister of Defence Dr. István Simicskó and Chief of Defence Gen. Dr. Tibor Benkő inspected the ongoing construction of the Temporary Security Barrier in the region of the Hungarian–Croatian border.
The European Military Press Association (EMPA) held its annual congress in Berlin this year. With the end of a four-year term of office, the association – with several Hungarian military journalists among its members – elected a new president and Board members as well. The event took place on the 25th anniversary of the German reunification.
The exhibition “Freedom of the Baltic States: Baltic Graffiti on the Berlin Wall” is open to visitors at the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia permanent location at Latviešu strēlnieku laukums 1. The exhibition contains more than 100 photos of the Berlin Wall from the last years of its existence when it was regularly visited by the Latvian youth living in exile to leave their messages demanding the independence for the Baltic States. Latvian diplomat Pēteris Kārlis Elferts, the initiator of this exhibition was also among those young people who had launched the Berlin Wall graffiti drawing campaign.
On August 12 a ceremony was held marking the change of command of the EUFOR Multinational Battalion (MNBN) in Sarajevo. Together with a Turkish company, the Hungarian company will carry out the operational tasks of the battalion from this July until February next year.
Danish and German troops arrived in Latvia to take part in the military exercises, including in the Silver Arrow exercise in September.
The Danish Armed Forces will be represented by more than 160 troops, and more than 60 troops will arrive from Germany.
Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis on Thursday officially opened the new offices of the NATO Centre of Excellence for Strategic Communications (COE Stratcom) in the Latvian capital Riga.
Vejonis cut the ribbon during the inauguration ceremony and said that COE Stratcom would have a great role to play in the future.
On June 21 Latvia will send an officer to Rome for participation in the EU's military operation - EUNAVFOR Med- to break the business model of smugglers and traffickers of people in the Mediterranean.
We are offering to read a review of an essay volume Security and Defence Economics (Harald Pӧcher/Herbert Strunz (Eds.)) which was suggested by our Austrian colleagues. It will give you an insight of the book, its contents and authors.
The Ministers of Defence of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding on the creation of the Baltic Combined Joint Staff Element.
On February 18-19 at the National Library of Latvia, the informal meeting of the EU Ministers of Defence is scheduled to take place to discuss current issues and prepare for the European Council discussion on defence in June 2015 - the most important event in the defence policy area during the Latvian Presidency.
On Monday, December 22, 2014, to express appreciation for cooperation and support in EMPA's 2014 Congress' organization, and presentations at the Baltie Defence College, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, the Estonian Defence Forces 1st lnfantry Battalion and Kalev Infantry Battalion, as well as Amari Air Base, Colonel Aivar Jaeski, Deputy Director of NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence was awarded with the Ministry of Defence of Latvia Certificate of Recognition.
NATO Deputy Secretary General, Amb. Alexander Vershbow (in the office since February 2012), in November 2014 visited Split as one of the senior speakers at the NATO-Industry Forum. The Forum organised annually, hosted by different NATO nation and serves as an optimal opportunity to discuss the burning strategic issues. We took the opportunity offered this year to interview the NATO Deputy Secretary General on the principal challenges faced by the Alliance, the future warfare and development.
The European Military Press Association (EMPA) 35th Congress was held in Tartu and Tallinn, Estonia from 23 to 27 September. The aim of the congress was to introduce military journalists and editors with Estonian Defence Forces and the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL). This was already the second EMPA’s congress that took place in the Baltic States; EMPA’s 2008 Congress was held in Latvia.
Currently, 143 members of the Armed Forces of Serbia are deployed in the UNIFIL Mission on Lebanon. Their task is to watch, monitor and maintain the ceasefire between Israel and Lebanon and to normalize living conditions, which is to conduct projects of civilian-military cooperation and to provide medical aid to local residents.
From September 29 to October 6 the international Land Force exercise „Silver Arrow” will be conducted in Adazi Training Area. More than 2100 soldiers from Latvia, Estonia, Great Britain, Greece, Norway and U.S. “Silver Arrow” has grown from national level Land Force Infantry Brigade and National Guard exercise to multinational large scale exercise.
Chief Editor of Latvian Military Magazine Tēvijas Sargs (Guard of Fatherland) Ms Līga Lakuča’s Interview with the former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR) General Sir Richard Shirreff
Late July 2014 saw the final evaluatoion of the first Croatian Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachment – AVPD, which is to be deployed to EU NAVFOR SOMALIA – OPERATION ATALANTA by the end of the year. The responsible unit is the Croatian Navy, whose members have successfully participated in the operation at officer posts in the ATALANTA Headquarters in Northwood and aboard the ships deployed in the area. The first Croatian AVPD team will be composed of ten members, commanded by Lieutenant (N) Nenad Kontri.
Joint endeavour towards security and peace in Afghanistan
The 23rd HRVCON to ISAF comprises some twenty soldiers assigned to a number of posts in Kabul, among whom the Croatian representatives to the International Joint Command (IJC), located at the KAIA. The IJC monitors all activities in ISAF and controls all troops movements and activities in the field. During our visit to the Croatian soldiers in the IJC, we took the opportunity to talk to Major General Antonio Satta, Deputy IJC Commander, an officer from the Italian Armed Forces, with an extensive experience from the international missions and operations (served in Lebanon, Somalia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan).