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Awards Ceremony

Awards Ceremony

Posted: 2016-05-20 Category: EMPA news

Awards Ceremony

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.

Freedom for the Baltic States: Baltic Graffiti on the Berlin Wall

Freedom for the Baltic States: Baltic Graffiti on the Berlin Wall

Posted: 2015-09-23 Category: EMPA news

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.

Silver Arrow

Silver Arrow

Posted: 2014-10-02 Category: EMPA news

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.

Saber Strike 2014

Saber Strike 2014

Posted: 2014-06-11 Category: EMPA news

On June 9, there was a solemn opening ceremony of a military exercise "Saber  Strike 2014" at Ādaži military camp, which this year coincides with the host-nation exercise "Baltic Host 2014" and naval exercise "BALTOPS 2014".

World War I Centenary Events in Riga

World War I Centenary Events in Riga

Posted: 2014-04-02 Category: EMPA news

This year is marked by jubilees of several significant historical events that are being commemorated in many countries. Exactly one hundred years ago the mankind was faced with its first-ever global military conflict that is being recorded in world history books as the World War I. The outbreak of hostilities in Europe that started in June 1914 involved almost all countries from all the continents of our planet; because of this war the world and its political map had changed forever; it influenced world economics, scientific and technological progress, social life and culture.

Two units of Armed Forces received vehicles presented by Norwegian Armed Forces

Two units of Armed Forces received vehicles presented by Norwegian Armed Forces

Posted: 2014-01-09 Category: EMPA news

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.

Gatis Indrēvics receives EMPA's Best Photo award

Gatis Indrēvics receives EMPA's Best Photo award

Posted: 2014-01-09 Category: EMPA news

The winners of EMPA’s Best Article and Best Photo awards were already announced in EMPA congress. On 31st of October in Ministry of Defence of Republic of Latvia the winner – Sgt. Gatis Indrēvics was awarded. The award was presented by EMPA’s President Līga Lakuča. After receiving the prize, Gatis Indrēvics showed gratitude towards EMPA’s members for their support and expressed satisfaction that he was able to bring the victory in this contest to Latvia and specifically to magazine “Tēvijas Sargs”. 

Supreme Command and Control of the Armed Forces: the Roles of Presidents, Parliaments, Governments, Ministries of Defence and Chiefs of Defence

Supreme Command and Control of the Armed Forces: the Roles of Presidents, Parliaments, Governments, Ministries of Defence and Chiefs of Defence

Posted: 2013-08-11 Category: EMPA news

The Baltic states have developed their armed forces and defence systems over a very short period of time following the principle of ‘learning by doing’. This chapter examines one aspect of this process: supreme command and control of the armed forces in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. It aims to identify the major factors influencing the development of the democratic control of the armed forces of the Baltic states during the last 20 years. To do so, it explores how the chain of command at the strategic level (including the president, parliament, government, minister of defence and chief of defence) was established in the 1990s and how it has developed in the years since.

Government approves report on creation of NATO center of excellence in Latvia

Government approves report on creation of NATO center of excellence in Latvia

Posted: 2013-05-23 Category: EMPA news

On May 13 Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia approved a report on the creation of the NATO Center of Excellence for Strategic Communication in Latvia.

The discussions on the issue are due to take place in Germany and France within a month. Regional partners have already confirmed their support on the creation of Centre of Excellence in Riga. The initiative has the support of the Allied Transformation Command as well.

 

Latvian National Guard guardsmen are getting ready for duty in the European Union Battlegroup

Latvian National Guard guardsmen are getting ready for duty in the European Union Battlegroup

Posted: 2013-04-09 Category: EMPA news

The Latvian Government approved the National Armed Forces’ units participation in the European Union (EU) Battlegroup on January 29. This will be the first time when the Latvian Zemessardze (National Guard) guardsmen will participate in the EU Battlegroup; the duty will begin in the second half of this year.

Competition for participation in the battlegroup was very fierce. The selection process of potential candidates identified 1,669 guardsmen and approximately 80 guardsmen from seven battalions of the 2nd Zemessardze Region were selected.