Latvia: Urban Reaper exercise completed

(To Greater Defense)

The Italian contingent deployed in the Latvian mission completed the exercise in Estonia Urban Reaper consisting of combat training in an urbanized environment in collaboration with theenhanced Forward Presence, eFP Estonia in order to train the unit by improving its operational and cooperation capacities with other countries of the Atlantic Alliance.

The deployment of the heavy infantry company took place on 18 last October at the training area of ​​Nursipalu in the municipality of Somerpalu (Estonia) at about 230 km north-east of Ādaži (Latvia).

In the area an intense activity with a high training realism was carried out for a period of five days, exploiting both the simulation systems and the opportunities offered by the exercise area that replicates a small urban complex. The activity developed by performing the inhabited area, the entry and neutralization of the hostile elements present, the reclamation, the fortification and the defense of the building.

The exercise was conducted in cooperation with Canadian and Spanish peer units through the use of individual weapons using "Simunition" type ammunition.

In this context, the company was trained to identify any booby traps and EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), which was followed by a request for intervention by the Spanish SAPPER units that carried out the removal of the obstacles (breaching).

The activity has allowed to train and amalgamate the personnel, perfecting the technical-tactical procedures for using the equipment supplied, to implement the command and control capacity of the unit, raising the level of integration and interoperability with the units of equal level.

The Italian contingent deployed in Latvia as part of the operation Baltic Guardian, enucleated from the Bersaglieri brigade Garibaldi, based on 1 ° Bersaglieri regiment stationed in Cosenza supplemented by a platoon-level operational unit and staff of the 4 ° wagon regiment stationed in Persano and other units of the Army.

The eFP is a defensive measure, fully in line with NATO's international commitment. In this sense, it represents a concrete effort to preserve peace, since it constitutes a reinforcement of the Alliance's principle of deterrence