The Italian contingent, deployed as part of the mission in Latvia, participated in the exercise "Silver Arrow" (Integrated Capstone Excercise) which involved 3.000 military personnel of 12 NATO countries for eleven days (Canada, Albania, Czech Republic, Italy, Montenegro , Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia) and beyond 250 combat and logistics vehicles.
The device of the exercise, started last September, was deployed first at the localities of Lielvarde, Upespils, Jugla, Lielkangari, then moved to Kadaga in the training area of the Camp Ādaži range.
The maneuver consisted of a defensive tactical activity, which saw the committed units carry out tasks of occupation of the battle positions, braking, blocking and therefore rotation. Subsequently the counter-attack on the enemy device was developed.
The Battle Group level forces expressed several operational components, such as the Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) units, light and heavy infantry units, tank guards, artillery, genius and Explosive Ordnance Disposal team ( EOD).
The exercise was carried out at opposite parties, implementing the technical-tactical procedures at the culmination of a joint training cycle of about three months. As part of the training activity, the operational, cooperation and integration capacities with the other Alliance countries of the units belonging to the Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battle Groups were tested and validated in the field. At the end of the activity a fire demonstration of the weapon systems employed was conducted.
The Italian heavy infantry company employed about 120 soldiers deploying VCC 80 tracked vehicles Dart, the C1 tanks Ram, the Multirole Light Tactical Vehicles (VTLM) Lynx, as well as means for logistic support such as tactical tankers, rescue vehicles and for the recovery of the wounded. The JTAC team and the team of selected shooters were also employed.
The activities carried out have allowed us to train and amalgamate the personnel - perfecting the technical-tactical procedures for using the equipment, the means and weapon systems supplied - to implement the command and control capacity of the unit, raising its level of integration and interoperability with the same level units, to fully achieve the set training objectives and to achieve the validation of acquired skills.
The Italian contingent deployed in Latvia, under the "Baltic Guardian" operation, under the command of the ten. with the. Giovanni Rucco, was enucleated from the Bersaglieri brigade Garibaldi of the Army is constituted on base 1 ° bersaglieri regiment stationed in Cosenza, integrated by an operating unit platoon level and staff of staff of the 4 ° wagon regiment stationed in Persano.
The mission in Latvia eFP demonstrates, on the one hand, solidarity and cohesion between NATO member countries and, on the other, the determination of the Alliance in its primary mission to defend Euro-Atlantic territorial integrity against all possible aggression and threats external.