„Baltic Eagle 2009", international evaluation exercise of the Baltic Battalion, began in Adaži Military Area, Latvia, June 2.
Flags of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and the Alliance were solemnly hoisted in the formation square of Adaži Military Area. Adm. Andreja Mazmalis, Advisor of the Latvian Ministry of Defence, Chief of Defence of Latvia Maj. Gen. Juris Maklakovs, conductor of the exercise Commander MIB „Iron Wolf" Col. Vilmantas Tamošaitis, representatives of Latvian and Estonian Land Forces, and the Head of the Danish Advisory and Training Staff Col. Verner Iversen were present in the opening of the exercise.
The exercise designed to test the unit's readiness level will be attended by around a thousand soldiers. Nearly half of them come from the Lithuanian Armed Forces. Organisation and conduct of the exercise is a joint responsibility of the Motorised Infantry Brigade „Iron Wolf" of the Lithuanian Land Force and corresponding brigades of the Latvian and Estonian Land Forces. Schedule of the exercise is presented by Commanders Land Forces of all the three Baltic States.
Evaluation of the exercise will be conducted in compliance with NATO procedures.
Representatives of each of the Baltic countries supported by personnel from the Danish Advisory and Training Staff that has been playing a significant role in the military training of the Baltic Land Forces' brigades for several years will assess readiness of the unit for duty in NRF. Representatives of NATO headquarters will provide supervision of the evaluation process.
According to the exercise scenario, troops will be deployed in a region of military conflict to fulfill wide-scope operations: road march to the assembly region, offensive and defensive tasks. The exercise will be enacted in three stages: integration of capabilities, field exercise, and live firing.
1st Lt. Skomantas Povilionis, PR Officer of MIB „Iron Wolf"
Pictures of Sgt.1st Class Nerijus Vitas.