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Nearly 600 UK troops awarded for their service in Estonia

22. February 2019 - 15:22
Kaitseminister Jüri Luik tänas peagi Eestis teenistust lõpetavaid Yorkshire´i rügemendi sõdureid
Kaitseminister Jüri Luik tänas peagi Eestis teenistust lõpetavaid Yorkshire´i rügemendi sõdureid

This week, nearly 600 troops from the Yorkshire Regiment, currently serving with the NATO enhanced Forward Presence in Estonia, received mission medals from the Minister of Defence Jüri Luik and Commander of the Defence Forces Major General Martin Herem, for their excellent service with the eFP Battle Group stationed in Tapa, Estonia.

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik thanked the soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment, which will soon be completing its service in Estonia, for their service and said that soldiers from Estonia and the United Kingdom share strong historical ties, the roots of which stretch back to the days of the Estonia´s War of Independence, when the Royal Navy played a key role in helping Estonia secure its freedom.

‘The co-operation with the 1st Yorks has set the bar to the new level. You have been described as straightforward and down-to-earth soldiers, who are very good at finding common ground with the Estonian counterparts and eager to learn and practice the tactics in an environment different from your home,’ Luik said and expressed hope that the lessons learned in Estonia will also help with the development of the Fighting in Forest and Woodlands Doctrine, a task the troops were given before the deployment.

‘For myself and my people, you are here in the name of defending my country, and, if necessary, you are ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with your Estonian colleagues when confronting the enemy. I know that you served well here and I would like to thank you for that,’ Commander of the Defence Forces Major General Martin Herem said in his speech and as a sign of appreciation presented the Flag of the Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces to Lieutenant Colonel Tom Miller, Commander of the Battle Group.

During the ceremony nearly 600 UK troops were each presented with a medal in recognition of their exemplary service and outstanding cooperation as members of the battle group.

The NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group, which is currently comprised of UK and Belgian troops, began serving at Tapa April 2017 and is a part of the Estonian Defence Forces 1st Infantry Brigade. In March, the unit from the United Kingdom that is currently serving in Estonia will be rotated by the King’s Royal Hussars, whose arrival will also be accompanied by more heavy equipment, including tanks.

PHOTOS (Credit by Estonian Defence Forces):
https://pildid.mil.ee/index.php?/category/59235

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