TALLINN, May 26 (RIA Novosti) - Estonia completed on Saturday large-scale military drills, which began on May 9 and involved some 5,000 military personnel, including from NATO allies, the General Staff of the Estonian Defense Forces said.
The Spring Storm (Kevadtorm) drills have been held annually in different parts of Estonia since 2003. This year they were held in northern and central Estonia and involved for the first time units from the UK, Belgium and Poland as well as the Estonian navy.
“Our military servicemen gained experience of cooperation with pilots from Poland, air defense experts from Belgium, infantrymen from Britain, Latvia and Lithuania by participating in joint drills,” Estonian Commander in Chief Gen.-Maj. Riho Terras said at a line-up in the village of Kuusalu.
NATO allies were represented by an infantry company from the UK and Latvia each, a reconnaissance platoon from Lithuania and an anti-aircraft missile platoon from Belgium.
The exercise also involved Polish attack aircraft SU-22, Estonia's training jets L-39, light helicopters R-44, light transport planes An-2 and French Mirage F-1 aircraft, according to Estonian newspaper Postimees.
President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves attended the large-scale military exercise on May 17.
Estonia, as well as two other ex-Soviet republics in the Baltics - Latvia and Lithuania, joined NATO in March 2004.
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- Mikhail1228Shaking in their boots!!17:35, 26/05/2013I am sure Russians were shaking in their boots from this military exercise!
- LocoIvanIt’s all about PRACTICE, simpleton.00:41, 27/05/2013‘I am sure Russians were shaking in their boots from this military exercise!’
These drill sessions are not meant to intimidate. Intimidation is an amateur Russian ploy that does not require much cerebral capacity. It just aggravates you because Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania came over from the Dark Side.:)
These multi-national exercises have a much higher cognitive requirement like COOPERATION.
'“Our military servicemen GAINED EXPERIENCE OF COOPERATION with pilots from Poland, air defense experts from Belgium, infantrymen from Britain, Latvia and Lithuania by participating in joint drills,”
Much like the current IMCMEX 2013 exercises in the Persian Gulf:
‘This month, 41 nations and some private-sector companies participated in IMCMEX 2013, which despite the name expanded beyond minesweeping to practice protecting civilian oil tankers, oil rigs, ports, and even desalinization plants as well. In fact, the most important thing to practice wasn’t mine warfare itself, but coordinating a diverse multinational force. That’s dozens of different languages, standards of training, and communications technologies, none of them necessarily compatible with one another. So while amateurs may talk strategy and professionals talk logistics, professionals also talk command and control.’(BreakingDefense;S.J.Freeburg;05/2013)
Thus, when the Rossiyskaya Federatsiya can coordinate/execute a command and control BEHEMOTH like this, than you can come in here and talk your feces and not look like a simpleton.
Military exercises are held in order to prevent a war rather than prepare for one. If a potential enemy knows and sees that the Russian Army is constantly improving its skills and adopting state-of-the-art combat equipment and combat support systems he will hardly risk aggression against these Armed Forces and the country they defend.