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Commander of the Gebirgsjägerbatallion 231, Lt. Col. Arno Schöberl (left), inspects preparations to move the battalion's equipment to Estonia Source: (Bundeswehr/Achim Kessler)

Staff and equipment of the Bundeswehr’s Gebirgsjägerbrigade 23 moved past Tallinn on their way to the Estonian Defence Forces’ base in Tapa on Tuesday. The 200-strong unit is to arrive there on Wednesday.

The vehicles and other equipment of the light infantry unit was shipped to Paldiski, where it was unloaded on Tuesday. The Germans will remain in Tapa until the end of September. Two different companies of the 231. mountain troops battalion of the Bundeswehr will rotate in and out of Estonia, taking six-week turns.

The objective of the German units is to familiarize themselves with the Estonian terrain and its training conditions as well as to practice their regular tasks under local conditions. Joint exercises with the Estonian Defence Forces and other allied units are planned as well.

The Gebirgsjägertruppe (mountain troops) specialize in operations in challenging terrain an difficult conditions. The company arriving on Wednesday as well as their Boxer and Eagle vehicles are part of their 231. battalion, located in Bad Reichenhall in Bavaria.

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