Yesterday, Minister of Defence of Estonia Hanno Pevkur visited the Central Training Area of the Defence Forces, in Läsna, and the 1st Infantry Brigade and NATO Battlegroup, at the Tapa Camp.
The familiarisation visit by the Minister of Defence with the larger units of the 1st Infantry Brigade began at the Läsna Camp of the Estonian Defence Forces, where he met with Deputy Chief of Defence of the Estonian Defence Forces Veiko-Vello Palm and Training Area Portfolio Manager for the Estonian Centre for Defence Investment Elari Kalmaru, who introduced the possible uses and future of the Central Training Area and gave an overview of other training areas.
“It is good to be able to observe with my own eyes and acknowledge that we have excellent opportunities available to practice together with our allies, while at the same time it is clear that if we want better training for our Defence Forces and an even stronger allied presence, the further development of the Central Training Area and other training grounds is unavoidable,” Pevkur said.
Pevkur then visited the Tapa Camp, where he met with brigade commander Colonel Andrus Merilo, who provided an overview of the duties and operation of the 1st Infantry Brigade. The commander of the NATO Battlegroup, Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Streatfield, presented the Minister of Defence with an overview of the allied activities being conducted in Estonia to strengthen deterrence and defence.
“The NATO Battlegroup is an important source of support for the defence of Estonia and deterrence against the enemy. I am convinced that NATO will react quickly and decisively, if necessary, and in the event of a crisis, defence and deterrence will not be limited to the units already present in Estonia,” the Minister of Defence confirmed.
At the end of his visit, the Minister reviewed the most important objects at the Tapa Camp.
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