The 6th Slovenian eFP contingent assumes duties in Latvia
On Thursday, 19 December, a ceremony was held at the Adazi military camp in Latvia, on the occasion of the handover of duties of the Slovenian Armed Forces contingents in the Enhanced Forces Presence. Commander of the 5th Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) contingent Captain Igor Strašek handed over command duties to commander of the 6th contingent Captain Vasja Bučar. The bulk of the sixth contingent is formed by a 120-millimetre mortar platoon. Its members will operate as part of the Canadian-led Battalion Battle Group. The platoon is composed of a Slovenian Armed Forces mortar platoon with a detached squad from Montenegro, and a national support element.
The contingent will be involved in the implementation of peacetime activities, including exercises, training and other peacetime activities.
By taking part in the Enhanced Forward Presence, Slovenia expresses its support to the strengthening of NATO’s comprehensive and credible deterrence and defence posture. In this way, the Alliance is responding 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 Enhanced Forward Presence 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.