Ger­man Air force de­ploys DCRC in Liel­varde avi­a­tion base in Latvia

The Baltic Times - - BALTIC NEWS -

Es­to­nia, Latvia and Lithua­nia. The DCRC staff will be en­sur­ing sur­veil­lance of the Baltic airspace and as­sist­ing with train­ing of their Lat­vian col­leagues.

Af­ter an­nex­a­tion of Crimea in the spring of 2014, and Rus­sia’s ag­gres­sion in Eastern Ukraine, NATO, in­clud­ing Ger­many, has been ac­tively in­volved in strength­en­ing mil­i­tary pres­ence and en­hanc­ing se­cu­rity in Latvia.

In July last year, within the frame­work of the ini­tia­tive Per­sis­tent Pres­ence, the Ger­man Armed Forces de­ployed a De­ploy­able Con­trol and Re­port­ing Cen­tre (DCRC) to the Liel­varde Air Force Base, es­tab­lish­ing mil­i­tary pres­ence of Al­lied forces in ac­cor­dance with the de­ci­sions taken dur­ing the NATO sum­mit in Wales on strength­en­ing re­gional se­cu­rity at the eastern border of the Al­liance. In­te­grated in the Baltic Air Sur­veil­lance Net­work (BALTNET), the DCRC was a part of the NATO Air Com­mand and Con­trol sys­tem.

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