Fifth SAF contingent begins the collective part of deployment preparation for Enhanced Forward Presence in Latvia
In April, the fifth SAF contingent began with a collective part of the preparations prior to its deployment to the Enhanced Forward Presence in Latvia in June. Between Tuesday, 9 April, and Thursday, 11 April, at the Bač Range, contingent members conduct a tactical live-fire exercise. In the upcoming weeks, they will conduct several additional tactical exercises and training events. In May, the contingent, the bulk of which is comprised of the Engineering Platoon, will attain its full operational capability and will be deployed in June.
The Republic of Slovenia operates in Latvia under the leadership of Canada as the lead nation of the battalion battle group, which also includes Albania, Italy, Poland and Spain. Currently, the Slovenian Armed Forces participates in the Enhanced Forward Presence in Latvia with a contingent of up to 50 members. The participation in the mission also contributes to the upgrading of interoperability with Allied forces, better qualifications and competencies, as well as to the strengthening of readiness and combat capability of units and members of the Slovenian Armed Forces.
The deployed SAF members take part in peacekeeping activities of eFP forces (exercises, training, movements to protect own forces and other peacetime activities to ensure and maintain a comprehensive and enhanced deterrent and defensive posture of NATO). The operation sends a clear deterrent message that any aggression against any allied nation will be deterred using an adequate joint military response. 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.