Governor General of Canada visits Camp Ādaži
Sunday, on 22 December, Governor General of Canada Julie Payette and Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Armed Force General Jonathan H. Vance visited Camp Ādaži, where they met with Canadian troops deployed to Latvia in scope of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence battle group Latvia (NATO eFP battle group Latvia) and congratulated them for Christmas.
Governor General also met with Defence Minister of the Republic of Latvia Artis Pabriks to exchanged views on regional security and future bilateral defence cooperation between Canada and Latvia.
Canada is the framework nation of NATO’s multinational battle group Latvia. NATO eFP battle group Latvia is comprised of around 1,400 troops from Albania, Czech Republic, Italy, Canada, Montenegro, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain who rotate to Latvia to take part in joint training with National Armed Force of Latvia and, thus, promote interoperability of allied forces present in the region and the overall capability to respond to various security threats.
NATO enhanced Forward Presence battle groups have been created and deployed in scope of NATO’s deterrence policy. Their aim is to enhance Alliance’s defence capabilities, demonstrate the solidarity between the members of the Alliance and reaffirm Alliance’s commitment to defend itself in case of any potential aggression.