International military exercise “Silver Arrow 2023“ starts in Vidzeme, Latgale and Ādaži
More than 3,000 soldiers from the USA, Latvia, Poland and NATO's enhanced Forward Presence battle group in Latvia will participate in the international military exercise "Silver Arrow 2023" which will take place from 18th to 29th of September, 2023 in various locations in Latvia.
The purpose of the military exercise "Silver Arrow 2023" is to improve mutual cooperation between the armed forces of NATO countries, to integrate elements of combat support and combat support for the support of maneuver units, to plan and execute offensive and defensive operations. "The goal is the same for all of us - to be ready to protect our country, our values, and the sovereignty of the Latvian state. Our combat capabilities and those of our allies must always be at a consistently high level, so that we are always ready to respond to potential threats in time and guarantee the safety of Latvia," emphasized Colonel Oskars Kudlis, commander of the Mechanized Infantry Brigade of the Land Forces.
The military units participating in the exercise will demonstrate the interoperability and combat readiness of NATO members in several exercises and joint tactical-level training operations, strengthening NATO's principles of collective defense and promoting deterrence and protection. On 29th of September, there will be a demonstration for distinguished visitors and the media at the Ādaži military training ground.
This year, the "Silver Arrow 2023" military exercises will take place in a few stages. For the first part of the exercise, forces will be transferred to the regions of Vidzeme and Latgale. The later part of the exercise will take place at the Ādaži military training ground, under the leadership of the Mechanized Infantry Brigade of the Land Forces. During that face of the exercise, NATO allies and the National Armed Forces will conduct defensive and offensive operations in the field tactical exercise. This year, the soldiers of the National Defense Service, who have successfully completed the basic military training phase, will also be involved in the training.
For the first time, the military exercise "Namejs 2023" is conducted by the National Armed Forces together with the headquarters of the NATO Multinational Division North, which is important for strengthening and maintaining the combat capabilities of the National Armed Forces.
"Silver Arrow 2023" is a part of a comprehensive national defense exercise, "Namejs 2023". "Namejs 2023" exercises are organized by the National Armed Forces to test and improve Latvia's national collective defense plans. The "Namejs 2023" exercises will take place from September 5th to October 2nd throughout Latvia. About 8,500 participants will take part in the "Namejs 2023" exercise.
Information and updates about the exercises of the National Armed Forces and NATO allies can be found on the Mechanized Infantry Brigade's Twitter profile @MehanizetaBde, Facebook page @MehanizetaBrigade, Instagram profile @mehanizeta_brigade, TIK TOK profile @mehanizeta_brigade and Youtube profile @MehanizetaBrigade.
Information prepared by:
Ground Forces Mechanized Infantry Brigade