eFP Battle Groups demonstrate the strength of their armoured assets
RIGA, Latvia - The enhanced Forward
Presence (eFP) Battle Groups from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland
participated in Exercise IRON TOMAHAWK, a tank concentration in the Camp Adaži
Training Area in Latvia on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018.
Exercise IRON TOMAHAWK, hosted by the
eFP Battle Group Latvia, showcased the firepower, interoperability and
effectiveness of NATO's heavy armour capabilities along the NATO's eastern flank.
"I am proud to host our partner Battle Groups for the
inaugural Exercise IRON TOMAHAWK," said
Lieutenant-Colonel Steve MacBeth, Commanding Officer, eFP Battle Group Latvia.
"With representation from all four enhanced Forward Presence Battle Groups,
this exercise is a display of our strong commitment to interoperability with
NATO Allies and is a demonstration of Allied solidarity and capability."
eFP Estonia contributed four British
Challenger 2 tanks; eFP Latvia was represented by six Polish PT-91 battle tanks
and four Spanish Leopardos; eFP Lithuania was represented by two German Leopard
2 tanks; and eFP Poland was represented by one Abrams battle tank from the
The tank concentration
consisted of a day shoot and a night shoot as well as a friendly competition
between the tank teams from each sending nation. The competition was won by the
German tanks from eFP Battle Group Lithuania and was based on a tank crew's
ability to engage multiple targets with the main and secondary armament at a
variety of ranges.
"Exercise IRON TOMAHAWK has provided us the
opportunity to further demonstrate the eFP integration within the Estonian 1st
Brigade," said Lieutenant-Colonel Tom Miller, Commanding Officer of the eFP
Battle Group Estonia. "The chance to showcase multinational interoperability
with forces from Germany, Spain, Poland, the United States and United Kingdom
live firing alongside each other is a real privilege."
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