Baltics Host Allied Forces in Training
In cooperation with US Army Europe and Strike Force NATO, the Baltic states will train from April 4 to 8 for the reception of allied forces and humanitarian aid.
Organized for the first time in 2009 in Tartu, "Baltic Host" is based on a fictional defense scenario and involves computer simulation. The exercise will involve a broad representation of government, including the Economic Affairs Ministry, police and customs, and emergency medical workers, as well as companies, such as the Port of Tallinn, Estonian Railways and Tallinn Airport.
"The reception of allied troops is a major logistical challenge that, in addition to the Defense Forces and Ministry of Defense, involves the help of the civilian sector and neighboring states," said Col. Ants Kiviselg. "'The annually held exercises indicate the weaknesses and opportunities for cooperation, and keep all parties informed of their responsibilities."
Participating in the exercise will be representatives from Germany, Denmark, Norway, Poland, US Army Europe, Austria, Finland, Sweden and France.