UH-60 Black Hawk landed at the Riga International Airport on 1st November to contribute to strengthening of regional security and provide the continued U.S. military presence in the region in scope of the Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. military rotation programme.
More than 60 US troops of 3rd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade have arrived in Latvia for rotation of Atlantic Resolve. Supported by five UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, these troops will serve rotation at Lielvārde Air Base. 3rd Battalion troops are replacing the 3rd Battalion Task Force Pheonix, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, who had been deployed to Latvia since March.
Troops of 3rd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment will conduct joint training with soldiers of Latvian Armed Force, NATO eFP battle group and take part in multinational military exercise. The troops are on a 9-month rotation in Latvia.
Atlantic Resolve is a U.S. military training launched in the immediate aftermath of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and military aggression in the Eastern Ukraine in spring of 2014. It demonstrates the continued U.S. commitment to the NATO’s collective security and seeks to promote stability and peace in the Baltics and Poland. Training has been extended to Romania and Bulgaria, as well.
Latvian Armed Forces apologise for any inconvenience caused by arrival of troops and urge inhabitants to remain patient as helicopters flying above Riga and over to Lielvārde Air Force Base may cause temporary noise disturbance.
National Armed Forces would like to underline that military aircraft flying above Latvia must comply with applicable altitude and speed requirements. And, although such flying craft may create temporary noise, it is harmless to human health and property.
All updates regarding the movement of military aircraft/vehicles and the training will be posted on National Armed Force Twitter account @Latvijas_armija.
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