Posts tagged as Spring Storm

NATO’s actions in the Baltic States can not be assessed as defensive maneuvers

By Antanas Tubelis on Sunday, May 30, 2021

From May 17 to June 5, the Spring Storm exercise is being held in Estonia, in which about 7,000 military personnel from several NATO countries are taking part. In addition to Estonia, exercise of the same kind is also taking place on the southern flank of NATO, and all these maneuvers are taking place as part of the larger Defender Europe 2021 exercise. Military experts believe that NATO exercises pose…

DEFENDER-Europe 21 – defensive drills of offensive nature

By Jonas Dringelis on Friday, May 21, 2021

Since 2014 the number of deployed troops in the Baltic region has been constantly increasing. NATO has found the good excuse “not to break” the Vienna Document 2011 on Confidence- and Security-building Measures which formally imposes restrictions on military activities in Europe. At the same time, NATO deploys troops in the region on a “rotating basis” and conducting large-scale exercises. This year, U.S. and NATO are conducting large-scale multinational exercise…

NATO voices reservist readiness concern ahead of scaled-down Spring Storm

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Some NATO sources have expressed concern over a lack of armed forces reservists available ahead of this year’s large scale Exercise Spring Storm (Kevadtorm). Despite the number of reservists required to attend being halved to 2,500 earlier this year, only around 300 are reportedly being summoned. Estonia’s armed forces primarily comprise the Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) – which includes maritime, air, military police, cyber warfare and other arms, bolstered by…

Annual Spring Storm large-scale military exercise will end today

Friday, May 8, 2020

The Estonian Defense Forces are hoping that necessary amount of conscripts will be cleared by a medical committee for summer call-ups despite the emergency situation. “It’s a challenge compared to the Canadian Prairies and fields of Great Britain. The landscape here is more difficult, but we have been training and can manage,” NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battlegroup gunner Brown told “Aktuaalne kaamera” on Thursday. More than a thousand soldiers…

Spring Storm sees first ever joint Estonian-US Military Police exercise

Friday, May 3, 2019

Military police personnel from Estonia and the US have been on exercise together for the first time ever, BNS reports, at Spring Storm, the large-scale annual military exercise which started this week. The two MP platoons – the U.S. contingent coming from the Maryland National Guard – are subordinate to the Estonian 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Service Support Battalion, and intend to U.S.e this debut cooperation to develop personnel skills.…

Defense chief: Damage caused by Spring Storm to be compensated

Monday, April 29, 2019

Participants in the upcoming large-scale Spring Storm military exercise will inevitably end up causing damage to smaller roads as well as forests and fields, but the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) will repair or pay for any damage done, Commander of the EDF Maj. Gen. Martin Herem said on Monday morning. “We’re likely going to start damaging smaller roads; we’ve done so every year, although we do try to avoid it,”…