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Nearly 900 Allied soldiers received mission medals at Tapa

5. June 2018 - 23:30
 Nearly 900 Allied soldiers received mission medals at Tapa
Nearly 900 Allied soldiers received mission medals at Tapa

Today, while standing in formation at the Tapa armed forces campus, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik and Commander of the Defence Forces General Riho Terras presented mission medals to NATO battle group soldiers.

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik thanked the solders for their service and contribution to Estonia's defence capability.

‘One hundred years ago, British and Danish soldiers stood together with Estonians here, to fight for our independence and freedom. Today, you are once again standing here in order to preserve and protect that freedom and to preserve our security and the security of our allies,’ said Luik.

The Minister of Defence added that the men and women who are serving at Tapa represent the world’s strongest military alliance and solidarity between NATO allies.

During the ceremony, Commander of the Defence Forces General Riho Terras presented the flag of the Commander of the Defence Forces to the Allied battle group.

During the ceremony, 700 British Allied soldiers and nearly 200 Danish Allied soldiers were awarded a medal in recognition of their exemplary service and outstanding cooperation as members of the battle group.

The NATO battle group, which is comprised of British and Danish soldiers, began serving at Tapa at the beginning of April of last year and is a part of the 1st Infantry Brigade.

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