28 teams registered for annual Admiral Pitka Recon Challenge ({{commentsTotal}})

A total of 28 teams, including 12 teams from eight foreign countries, have signed up for the 2016 Admiral Pitka Recon Challenge in Estonia, one of the world's toughest military endurance competitions.

The Estonian Defence League, the country's volunteer corps, will field nine teams, while the national Women's Voluntary Defence Organization (Naiskodukaitse) will be represented by one of their own. Two teams will be representing the Estonian Defence Forces' Scouts Battalion and one team each the Engineer Battalion and the Kuperjanov Infantry Battalion. In addition, the Prison Service will be putting out one team as well as a second, joint team together with members of the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA).

Of the foreign teams registered for the challenge, one team each will be representing Spain, Lithuania, Sweden and the US, while Denmark, Finland, Poland and the UK will each put out two teams of their own.

The US team will in turn be representing the Maryland National Guard, with whom Estonia has maintained a working relationship since 1993.

This year's Admiral Pitka Recon Challenge is slated to take place in Rapla County in Western Estonia from August 2-6.

Editor: Editor: Aili Sarapik

Source: BNS



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