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The first Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF) contingent deployed on the Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) mission in Latvia will work within the Canadian-led battalion battle group until December 2017. The first movement of SAF troops to Latvia started on 12 June and the last part of the contingent arrived to Latvia on 22 June. Together with their colleagues from partner nations, they are now engaged in joint training and other peacetime activities in the Baltics. The aim of these activities is to establish and maintain readiness in support of NATO’s comprehensive and enhanced deterrent and defensive posture in the Baltics and Poland.
The contingent's activities are carried out in line with the Gladius Prime order, issued by the Commander of the Canadian battalion battle group on 20 June. In several phases, the order defines the plan of preparation for the certification to be held in August this year. All members of elements are already well integrated into the battalion battle group command, the multinational Military Police Platoon and individual companies. Contingent members are also involved in task force teams and work on the preparation of standard operating procedures and CBRN equipment for operations. The 47-member contingent is quartered in tents on the Adaži base of the Latvian Armed Forces near Riga.
The battalion battle group in Latvia operates under the command of Canada, which contributes the bulk of the forces. In addition to Slovenia, the battalion also includes troops from Albania, Italy, Poland and Spain. The main body of the SAF contingent is composed of the multipurpose CBRN platoon with attached elements. The plan is to deploy up to four six-month rotations. The bulk of the first two contingents are formed by a CBRN platoon with a team of Joint Terminal Attack Controllers, members assigned to the Battle Group HQ, members of the Military Police and a National Support Element. In the following two rotations, the CBRN platoon will be replaced by an infantry reconnaissance platoon.
By participating in the Enhanced Forward Presence mission, Slovenia expresses its support to the strengthening of NATO’s comprehensive and credible deterrence and defence posture. In this way, the Alliance responds to a significantly changed security environment, dynamics and threats on its eastern flank. With its presence in the Baltics, the Alliance provides additional assurance measures to the most vulnerable Eastern Allies, who feel particularly at risk and have therefore requested assistance from NATO. The participation in the mission also contributes to the upgrading of interoperability with Allied forces, better competencies and training, as well as to the strengthening of the readiness and combat capability of units and members of the Slovenian Armed Forces. The operation sends a clear deterrent message that any aggression against any allied nation will be deterred using an adequate joint military response.