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 Major Spring Storm drills to be held in Estonia on Russia’s doorsteps

NATO states will send around 1,500 troops to participate in Estonia’s largest military drills dubbed Spring Storm (“Kevadtorm”). In total about 6,000 servicemen will be practicing their battle skills on Russia’s doorsteps.

Censor.NET reports citing Estonian Public Broadcasting.

According to military spokespeople, Spring Storm will be the Estonian Defense Forces' largest training exercise this year, comprising of a total of approximately 6,000 personnel, including allied soldiers. The annual military exercise is scheduled to run from May 2 through May 20 and span Tartu, Võru and Põlva Counties in Southeast Estonia.

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Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany are each to send a company-sized unit to take part in the May training exercise. In addition to these troops, a Canadian team of specialists as well as Finnish staff officers will be participating in the exercise as well.

Members of the defense forces of Estonia's various allies are to practice cooperating with Estonian units as well act as the enemy to units being assessed at the exercise.

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This year's annual exercise will feature Polish Su-22 fighters and American F-15 fighter jets. American helicopters CH-47 Chinook and V-22 Osprey will also be used.

Spring Storm, which is annually one of the biggest military exercises in Estonia, counts as the final exam for Estonian conscripts drafted in July and October of the previous year.
 
 
 
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