The Italian contingent in Latvia mission participated in the "Silver Arrow" exercise. 3,000 soldiers from 12 NATO countries involved for 11 days.
The operational and integration capacities between the countries of the Alliance were tested and validated
The Italian contingent, deployed in the mission in Latvia, participated in the exercise "Silver Arrow" (Integrated Capstone Excercise). The activity involved 3,000 soldiers from 12 NATO countries for 11 days (Canada, Albania, Czech Republic, Italy, Montenegro, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia) and over 250 combat and logistic vehicles.
The exercise started on September 23 at the localities of Lielvarde, Upespils, Jugla, Lielkangari, and continued to Kadaga in the training area of the Camp Ādaži range.
The units, involved in a defensive tactical activity, carried out tasks of occupation of “battle positions”, braking, blocking and therefore rotation. Then, the countermeasures on the enemy device was developed.
The Battle Group forces employed several operational components, such as the Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) units, light and heavy infantry units, tank guards, artillery, genius and Explosive Ordnance Disposal team ( EOD).
The exercise, after a joint training cycle of about three months, had the aim of implementing the technical-tactical procedures. The operational, cooperation and integration capabilities with the other Alliance countries of the units belonging to the Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battle Group, were tested and validated. At the end of the activity, a fire demonstration of weapon systems was conducted.
The Italian heavy infantry company employed about 120 soldiers. The "Dardo" Armoured Combat Vehicle (ACV), the C1 Ariete tanks, The Light Multirole Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) "Lince", as well as means for logistic support such as tactical tankers, emergency vehicles and the recovery of the injured was used for the activity. The J.T.A.C. and the sniper were also involved in the exercise.
The activities allowed to train and amalgamate the personnel - perfecting the technical-tactical procedures for using the equipment, the means and weapon systems supplied – and to implement the Command and Control capacity of the unit, raising its level of integration and interoperability, to achieve the set training objectives and the validation of acquired skills.
The activity in Latvia eFP demonstrates, on the one hand, solidarity and cohesion between NATO member countries and, on the other hand, the determination of the Alliance in its primary mission to defend Euro-Atlantic territorial integrity against any possible aggression and external threat.