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Danish soldiers at Tapa awarded with medals

5. June 2020 - 22:22
Ministry of Defence’s Permanent Secretary Kristjan Prikk thanked the Danish forces deployed in Estonia at a medal ceremony today for their commitment to Estonia's and NATO's security.
Ministry of Defence’s Permanent Secretary Kristjan Prikk thanked the Danish forces deployed in Estonia at a medal ceremony today for their commitment to Estonia's and NATO's security.

Ministry of Defence’s Permanent Secretary Kristjan Prikk thanked the Danish forces deployed in Estonia at a medal ceremony today for their commitment to Estonia's and NATO's security. A Danish contingent arrived at Tapa military base in the beginning of the year and will soon be finishing their six month rotation in Estonia. Their rotation will be taken over by a new incoming Danish contingent, who will serve in Estonia until the end of the year, when French troops alongside with tanks will arrive in Estonia.

Permanent Secretary Prikk thanked the Danish forces for their continued contribution to Estonia’s and NATO’s security. “The Danes have always been here for the Estonians during the most crucial moments in history. Just like in the Estonian independence war, a Danish company played a significant role in Estonia’s fight for freedom and today, a same sized unit is here protecting the same freedom once fought over,” said the Permanent Secretary.

Prikk added that in 2016 NATO allies decided that in order to guarantee NATO’s security and defence, a multinational allied battlegroup would be placed in the Baltics and Poland. “Allies, who perceive the Russian threat from further away also understood that the change in the security environment in Europe after the Ukraine crisis would not simply pass away,” said Prikk.

Since the spring of 2017, NATO’s battlegroup has been reinforcing Estonia’s and NATO’s security at Tapa military base, as part of the first infantry brigade. The first Danish contingent arrived in Estonia in 2018, Denmark has also contributed with F-16 fighters to the Baltic Air Policing mission multiple times. In addition to the Danish forces British, French and Belgian armed forces also actively contribute to the regions security in Estonia.

In the Estonian war of independence over 3500 allied soldiers from the Nordic states helped Estonia fight for its independence, out of whom around 210 Danish soldiers formed the Danish company.

Photos form the medal ceremony: https://pildid.mil.ee/index.php?/category/59944

Additional info: press[at]kaitseministeerium[dot]ee