350 soldiers from 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, Great Britain have arrived to participate in the exercise „Silver Arrow 2014” which takes place from September 29 to October 6 in Latvia, Adazi Training Area. This is the largest number of British soldiers that has ever participated in the exercise in Latvia.
During the exercise British soldiers will be integrated in Latvian battalion and Latvian soldiers – in British battalion, commanded by Colonel Hamish Cormack. Due to such integration level soldiers will be able to improve their professional skills and interoperability to serve together in the international operations or perform collective defence if needed.
The exercise started on October 29, and soldiers have already began working together, as well as the British headquarters have started to check communications with the brigade, so that it would be possible to communicate and work together as one during the active phase of “Silver Arrow”.
“It is my second time in Latvia, I was here three weeks ago to prepare for the exercise, and the cooperation is excellent. I have been hugely welcomed by the Latvian Infantry Brigade, we have planned together for this exercise and there has been a lot of cooperation to deliver one of the largest multinational exercises we have ever conducted in Latvia,” says Colonel Hamish Cormack, Commander of 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.
Colonel H.Cormac emphasizes the importance of joint training: “For a soldier this is the sort of exercise, where we have the chance to understand each other and how we would operate together if ever required to. It gives everybody confidence, that if we were ever required to conduct the collective defence we would be well positioned to do so.”
Commander of 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment emphasizes that this is also an opportunity to prove how strong NATO is and how the partnership has improved, also mentioning, that such interoperability exercise would also be organized irrelevant of the geopolitical situation. “For my battalion it is important to build on the relationship with Estonians, whom we served together in Afghanistan, and now it is a great possibility to train together with Latvians,” says Colonel H.Cormack.
“Silver Arrow” Field Training Exercise will include the offense and defense operations according to the SKOLKAN scenario, developed during “Steadfast Jazz 2013”. The exercises, based on the SKOLKAN scenario, provide a realistic look at what our NATO Alliance members and partners might face in a contingency, whether it be inside the European area or outside the European area.
The Field Training Exercise will be conducted From October 3 to October 5 in Adazi Training Area.