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Minister of Defence: Cooperation capacity and combat capability have undergone substantial development in the Defence League

5. October 2017 - 16:05
Minister of Defence: Cooperation capacity and combat capability have undergone substantial development in the Defence League. From the left: Commander of the Defence League, Major General Meelis Kiil; Minister of Defence Jüri Luik; and Commander of the Estonian Defence League Rapla District, Major Gabriel Rikberg.

Yesterday, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik visited the Defence League’s Rapla and Järva districts, and the Estonian Defence League School, where he received an overview of their activities and challenges.

According to Minister of Defence Jüri Luik, the Defence League provides a significant contribution to the defence capability of Estonia.

At his meeting with the Commander of the Estonian Defence League School, Lieutenant Colonel Alari Saega, Minister Luik received an overview of the school’s educational and development activities.

They discussed the school’s cooperation with the Defence Forces and civilian structures that develops broad based national defence through the training of volunteers and active servicemen.

The Minister of Defence praised the work that is being done at the school, and he also cited the cooperation between the Defence League School and the Defence Forces in passing on specialised knowledge as being particularly positive.

In his speech, Major Meelis Pernits, Commander of the Estonian Defence League Rapla District, emphasised the importance of activities that promote the development of the district.

The Minister was also informed about the district's sports related activities and the organisation of national defence training in Rapla’s schools.

Major Gabriel Rikberg, Commander of the Estonian Defence League Järva District, introduced the Minister to the history of the district and highlighted Järva's cooperation with other districts and Allies.

Nurmsi Airport, which is located in Järva County, creates a number of cooperation opportunities for the district when it comes to Allied units stationed in Estonia and those parties interested in aeronautics in Estonia.

Its grass cover makes the airport a unique training field in Europe.

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik was satisfied with what he saw and commended the work of the Estonian Defence League School and the Rapla and Järva districts.

“Naturally there are challenges, but based on what I heard and saw, I can say that long-term planning and stable financing have significantly improved the combat capability and cooperation capacity of the Defence League over the last few years, and what is most important – the ability to preserve, share and implement skills,” said Luik.

The Minister of Defence was accompanied on his visit by Major General Meelis Kiili.

Jüri Luik will continue to visit Defence League districts, visiting the Estonian Defence League Alutaguse District in Ida-Viru County next week.