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The second SAF contingent begins to prepare for deployment in Latvia

On Friday, 28 July, members of the second Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF) contingent began to prepare for their deployment in the mission Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP). In the Franc Rozman Stane Barracks in Celje, members of the 1st Brigade’s command, which is the main unit engaged in the training, verified the continent’s initial operational capabilities for their activities in Latvia.

The bulk of the contingent is formed by a multipurpose CBRN platoon with support elements. By participating 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 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.

During its activities, the contingent received a visit by Commander of the 1st Brigade, Colonel Robert Glavaš who used the opportunity to express his belief that the contingent will act as a credible and competent partner of the participating nations. Members of the 2nd SAF Contingent will complete the planned training and verification of final operational capabilities by November and will assume duties within the Canadian battalion in January 2018 to succeed the contingent which has been deployed in the mission since June.

Photo: 1st Brigade