Fifth SAF contingent members practice specialist collective procedures prior to their deployment to the Enhanced Forward Presence in Latvia
In April, the fifth SAF contingent train in specialist procedures as part of the preparation prior to its deployment to the Enhanced Forward Presence in Latvia in June. From 15 to 19 April, in the Novo mesto barracks and the surrounding area, SAF contingent members are testing their competence to support movement, hindrance and survival procedures. For this purpose, they practice procedures to detect mine explosive obstacles and provide passages through them. 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. In addition to the SAF pioneer and construction squad, the Engineer Platoon also includes a pioneer squad of the Armed Forces of Montenegro.
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.