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The 2nd Slovenian eFP Contingent in Latvia hands over its duties

On Thursday, 5 July, a solemn handover ceremony between the 2nd and the 3rd Slovenian Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) contingents was held at Ādaži base in Latvia. Captain Gorazd Stergar handed over duties to his successor Major Matjaž Žbogar.

The bulk of the first two contingents was composed of a multipurpose CBRN platoon, while the 3rd and the 4th Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF) contingents will provide a reconnaissance platoon to contribute to joint eFP efforts. The rest of the elements, which remain unchanged, include SAF members working in the Canadian battle group command, a JTAC team, a Military Police member and the National Support Element.

The handover ceremony was attended by Slovenian ambassador to Poland and Baltic States Robert Krmelj, Deputy Commander of the SAF 1st Brigade Colonel Borut Cesar, Commander of the Latvian Armed Forces 1st Brigade and Commander of the Ādaži base Colonel Ilmars Lejinš, and the most senior national representatives of the participating nations.

In his speech, Captain Stergar expressed his appreciation to servicemembers from the countries deployed within the Latvian battlegroup for their fruitful cooperation. He presented them with medals and letters of appreciation for the excellent cooperation with Slovenian military contingent. He commended members of the 2nd SAF contingent and thanked them for their professional and well accomplished work. He concluded by wishing the incoming contingent and its commander Major Žbogar abundant luck and a lot of success in their rotation.

The gathered were also addressed by Colonel Cesar, who underlined the excellent performance of the 2nd contingent. He wished the incoming contingent all the best and reaffirmed his belief in its success, since the contingent has have been well trained.

In Latvia, Slovenian Armed Forces members work within a Canadian-led battlegroup together with servicemembers from Albania, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Slovakia and Spain. The deployed SAF members take part in peacetime activities of the eFP mission, such as exercises, trainings, movements to protect own forces and other peacetime activities aimed at ensuring and maintaining NATO’s comprehensive and enhanced deterrence posture.