Lat­vian troops to par­tic­i­pate in North­ern Strike ex­er­cises in USA

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Through­out 27 July – 14 Au­gust, more than 70 troops of Lat­vian Armed Forces will be tak­ing part in North­ern Strike 2017 joint land and air ex­er­cises or­ga­nized by Michi­gan Na­tional Guard in USA.

Ex­er­cises will be tak­ing place in USA – Grayling and Alpena land­fills in Michi­gan, as re­ported by Lat­vian De­fence Min­istry.

Latvia will be rep­re­sented by air and fire sup­port group, as well as Na­tional Guard 4th In­fantry Bri­gade, which will be in­te­grated into Den­mark’s par­tic­i­pat­ing unit, the min­istry notes.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from the min­istry, more than 5,000 Amer­i­can and al­lied troops will be tak­ing part. «Ex­er­cises will al­low troops to train un­der con­di­tions of a large-scale op­er­a­tion, in­volv­ing land and air el­e­ments.»

The min­istry em­pha­sizes that air sup­port con­trollers trained in Latvia are highly pro­fes­sional. And this is largely thanks to as­sis­tance from Michi­gan Na­tional Guard. Air sup­port spe­cial­ists co­or­di­nate and di­rectly man­age close-range air sup­port and other kinds of air sup­port op­er­a­tions.

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