Baltic Defence Study Tour continues in Latvia

On 22nd of May 2013 the delegation visited the Republic of Latvia. At the Parliament of Latvia, the delegation was welcomed by Mr Ainars Latkovskis, the Chairman of the Saeima’s Defence, International Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee. During the questions and answers session, the students were presented information about the role of Parliament in implementing the defence and security policy. The discussion also covered topics like funding of the defence policy and the biggest problems concerning defence policy issues and plans for the future.

At the Ministry of Defence Republic of Latvia the visitors were welcomed by the State Secretary of the MoD, Mr Jānis Sārts. After that the courses were presented a general overview of defence policy and plans of Latvia, defence planning process, Latvian Armed Forces development plan 2012-2024 and current investment programs.

The same day courses also visited Ādaži Training Centre. Ādaži is located 25 km from the capital of Latvia – Riga. This large training area (7950 hectares) is mostly used for live firing and tactical exercises up to battalion level.
The students were introduced to the one of the biggest military training areas in Baltic States, its main tasks, development plans and international cooperation. An equipment and weapons display was conducted after the briefings.

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