The Italian contingent of the mission in Latvia engaged in practice with the countries of the Alliance.

Moment of verification of operational capabilities, cooperation and integration with the other countries of the Atlantic Alliance

​The Italian contingent in Latvia participated in the “Reaper Strike” exercise. The activity was conducted to improve operational, cooperation and integration abilities with the other countries of the Atlantic Alliance.

As part of the defensive activity of the eFP Multinational Battle Group, the heavy infantry company, employed in Latvia, conducted an offensive attack following a tactical activity to overcome hard obstacles carried out by the Spanish military engineering unit “Sapper”.

The Italian tank “Leopard”, used during the exercise, was positioned with the "Biber" bridge on a waterway, allowing to the armoured vehicles to reach the respective cornerstones. Later, the Italian heavy infantry company made the turnover with the Canadian unit carrying out the final attack.

The infantry platoons, with the VCC 80 “Dardo”, was supported by “Ariete” tanks platoon with the aim of improving the technical and tactics procedures of use of the equipment and vehicles and the command and control activity of the company command. The Italian contingent, deployed in the Canadian-led in the Multinational Battle Group Latvia (MN BG LATVIA), is involved with training activities in order to pursue the goals set by the eFP, such as the ability to the integration and the cooperation between NATO countries.

The Italian contingent deployed in the "Baltic Guardian" operation at the Command of Lieutenant Colonel Giovanni Rucco, was established on the basis of 1st Bersaglieri Regiment stationed in Cosenza, supplemented by an operational tank unit and staff of the 4th tank Regiment stationed in Persano.

The EFP demonstrates the NATO's willingness and the ability to act in a unified way - NATO stands as one - and represents an extraordinary moment of verification of its military capabilities of deployment and flexibility of use.

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