Tomorrow, on 9 November, at 9:00 am, a groundbreaking ceremony for multinational medical centre will be held at Camp Ādaži. This project will be fully financed by the Department of National Defence of Canada. Its costs are estimated at around CAD 2.5 million.
Medical Centre groundbreaking ceremony will be attended by the Latvian Defence Minister Raimonds Bergmanis, Col Ilmārs Atis Lejiņš, Commander, Mechanised Infantry Brigade, Latvian Land Forces, Col Josh Major, Commander, Tack Force Latvia, Canadian Armed Forces, representatives of NATO eFP battle group Latvia and Embassy of Canada in Latvia.
“Construction of Canadian government-funded medical centre at Camp Ādaži is yet another major contribution of Canada as the NATO eFP battle group Latvia framework nation to development of military infrastructure of Latvia. New centre will offer comprehensive health services for troops of NATO eFP battle group Latvia and improved working conditions for medical personnel of NATO eFP multination battle group nations,” underlined Defence Minister Bergmanis.
Construction of the multifunctional medical centre is expected to be completed next April.
Canada-led NATO enhanced forward presence battle group Latvia consists of over 1 300 troops from countries such as Albania, Czech Republic, Italy, Canada, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia and Spain. These troops have been rotated to Latvia to conduct joint military training with Latvia’s Armed Forces and thus enhance the interoperability with Allied forces at the regional level and ability to respond to various security challenges.
During the 2016 NATO Warsaw Summit heads of states and governments agreed to deploy multinational battalion-size battle groups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Such battle groups were created and deployed to promote the implementation of NATO’s deterrence strategy and strengthen the Alliance’s collective defence.
The welcoming ceremony of NATO eFP troops at Ādaži military base took place on 19 June 2017.
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Military Public Affairs Department
Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia