Latvia: rotation of the Italian contingent

(To Greater Defense)

The Defense Chief of Staff, General Enzo Vecciarelli, presided yesterday at the ceremony to change the Italian contingent deployed in Latvia in the ambit of theenhanced Forward Presence (EFP). In the military base of Ādaži the ten. with the. Fulvio Menegazzo of the 9 regiment Alpini has given the command to the ten. with the. Giovanni Rucco of the 1 ° regiment Bersaglieri.

The new contingent deployed was identified by the "Garibaldi" Bersaglieri brigade based on 1 ° regiment Bersaglieri.

The Army unit of the Alpine troops concluded its mandate after an intense training cycle during which eight joint and multinational training activities were carried out with NATO Allied countries, such as Albania, Canada, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Montenegro. The Alpine troops, during the training activities carried out with the other contingents framed in the Multinational Battle Group Latvia (MN BG LATVIA), have developed a further mastery of the use of weapon systems provided, tested the operational capabilities of men and weapon systems in extreme environmental conditions, improved the ability to integrate and cooperate in a multinational context.

The Italian contingent on mission in Latvia has fully achieved the goals set by theenanched Forward Presence such as the capacity for integration and cooperation between the countries of the Alliance, indispensable, in order to face any threat that could undermine stability and peace in the borders of NATO.

With the solemn act of passing the tricolor flag of the contingent, the ceremony ended between the transferor commander and the incoming commander.

General Vecciarelli during his speech: "I thank the Allied countries such as Canada at the helm of the Battle Group, Albania, Montenegro, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Spain and Slovenia, with which the contingent has integrated and cooperated over the past six months. I thank you Alpines you have proven to be true professionals by training you in extreme conditions, the presence of the Italian contingent in Latvia is a clear demonstration, on the one hand, of solidarity and cohesion between member countries and, on the other, of the determination of the Atlantic Alliance in its primary mission defending the Euro-Atlantic territorial integrity against all possible external aggression and threats. I close by launching my thoughts to the two Albanian soldiers who sacrificed their lives in fulfilling their duty ".