Allied troops serving as part of NATO Battlegroup Estonia participated in the Dancon March in Estonia on Monday, a traditional event of the Danish Defense dating back 48 years. Each year, Danish troops serving on missions abroad, known as Danish Contingents, organize a local 25 or 40 kilometer hike on May 25.
The first Dancon March took place in 1972, when Danish troops were serving as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). Since then, Danish Contingents have organized Dancon Marches everywhere they have served, including in Mongolia, the Balkans, the MIddle-East and Africa, reported ETV news broadcast "Aktuaalne kaamera."
The Danish troops always invite allies to join them.
A total of 313 troops participated in the Dancon March in Estonia on Monday, including Danes, Brits, Estonians and one Belgian. A Danish soldier was fastest to complete the event, covering the 25-kilometer route in two hours and nine minutes.
All march participants had to carry at least 10 kilograms of gear with them for the duration of the event.
Editor: Aili Vahtla