250 Estonian servicemen head to Lithuania for Iron Sword exercise

Nearly 250 Estonian soldiers and conscripts will participate in this year's Iron Sword exercise in Lithuania. Nov. 17, 2016. (mil.ee)
11/17/2016 2:33 PM
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Nearly 250 active servicemen and conscripts from Estonia’s 2nd Infantry Brigade headquarters, the Kuperjanov Infantry Battalion and the Estonian Air Force are en route to Lithuania for the nearly three-week joint NATO exercise Iron Sword, which will involve over 4,000 soldiers from ten allied countries.

"Participation in a foreign exercise will give conscripts in the junior NCO course experience in carrying out offensive and defensive operations in units composed of allied troops," said Chief of Staff of the 2nd Infantry Brigade Lt. Col. Jaanus Ainsalu.

Conscripts will have the opportunity at this international exercise to apply the skills they have learned thus far as well as gain experience in participating in battle with units composed of allied troops.

The nearly three-week exercise will include defensive and offensive operations, reconnaissance patrol activities and relocation together with an international unit.

Nearly 4,000 troops from a total of ten different allied states will be participating in Iron Sword, including soldiers from all three Baltic states, the US, Canada, Germany, England, Poland and Luxembourg.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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