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Minister of Defence Hanso: I received confirmation of Estonia’s protection at Kevadtorm
The excellent level of preparation and high morale of servicemen participating in the training exercise Kevadtorm are a clear sign that the Defence Forces of Estonia are ready to face any and all challenges placed before it, said Minister of Defence Hannes Hanso who spent last night with the Kuperjanov Battalion at the outdoor training exercise.
“I have met with many of the conscripts, active and reserve servicemen participating here in the exercise and I, personally, am satisfied with the skills and high degree of readiness of the defenders of Estonia. “Yesterday’s meetings and the night spent in a tent together with conscripts provided me, as the Minister of Defence, with clear confirmation of Estonia’s protection.“
The Minister of Defence received an overview of the objectives and key activities of the exercise at the Kevadtorm command post in Tartu. Minister Hanso then examined the command post of the 2nd Infantry Brigade, visited the battalion’s logistics area, and spent the night in Põlva County, near Võuküla, at the positions of the Kuperjanov Battalion's Infantry Coy.
This morning, Hanso will be meeting with members of Allied units participating in Kevadtorm, and will then be moving on to Pärnu County, to the Defence Forces’ exercise Läänetorm.
Kevadtorm is a major exercise of the Defence Forces of Estonia, in which the combat readiness of units comprised of conscripts is assessed prior to their assignment to the reserves. This year, nearly 6000 participants are taking part in Kevadtorm, including more than 1200 Allied soldiers from ten different countries.
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