A few days after the deployment of the Brigade 'Guadarrama' XII in that country

The impressive military ceremony in Latvia in which the Spanish contingent has participated

Last Friday, June 30, the Ādaži military base, in Latvia, was the scene of a great military ceremony.

Latvia: tanks, IFVs and storm of fire and steel with Spanish Flags in Kadaga
The NATO battalion in Latvia shows its more than 200 vehicles, including Spanish

The purpose of the event was the change of commander and sergeant major of the Mechanized Infantry Brigade of the Latvian Land Forces, the only brigade of the Latvian Army. The event was attended by Latvian Defense Minister Ināra Mūrniece and Commander of the Latvian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Leonids Kalniņš. The outgoing commander of the Mechanized Infantry Brigade, Colonel Sandri Gauger, was relieved by Colonel Oskars Kudlis. Likewise, Sergeant Major Arvi Mucenieka was replaced by Sergeant Major Lauris Krīgers.

The Ādaži military base, in central Latvia, is a training camp for the Latvian Army that was renovated in 2016 to accommodate, in 2017, NATO's eFP Battle Group Latvia, a force multinational of which Spain has been a part since its inception. His role there is to reinforce the security of Latvia, a NATO member country, in the face of the instability caused by the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014 and by the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022. Three days before At this ceremony, a new Spanish contingent of the "Guadarrama" XII Brigade and the Logistic Support Group No. 21, among other Army units, began their deployment in that country .

You can see here a selection of photos of the event published by the Latvian Army.

Some of the vehicles that participated in the ceremony. It is only a small part of the more than 200 vehicles of the eFP Battle Group Latvia. From right to left, we see a Spanish ASCOD Pizarro infantry fighting vehicle, an Italian B1 Centauro reconnaissance vehicle, a Polish PT-91 Twardy tank, an Italian C1 Ariete tank, a Spanish Leopardo 2E tank, a Slovakian SpGH Zuzana self-propelled howitzer, a Spanish M-109 self-propelled howitzer and Latvian M-109.

The Spanish soldiers who participated in the ceremony, on the right of the photo. In the center we see the Italian contingent and on the left the Canadian contingent.

A photo in which we see the importance of the Spanish contingent in Ādaži. To the left is part of the Spanish troops. Next to her is a Polish armored unit (with a black and orange cavalry pennant). To the right of the Poles we see Slovak soldiers, and to the right of these are more Spanish soldiers, mostly from the Artillery Arm, wearing khaki berets. Ahead of them is the eFP Battle Group Latvia staff, made up mostly of Canadian military.

The Spanish flag waving in Ādaži. In this image we see, on the right, two of the Spanish M-109 (one of them with the nickname "Shark"; the other only shows the barrel) , the gun of a Latvian M-109 and a Slovakian SpGH Zuzana self-propelled howitzer, on the right. Among the troops are Latvian soldiers (on the left), Spanish soldiers (with black berets, mostly from the "Guadarrama" Brigade) and some Canadian and Italian soldiers.

An impressive photo of the troops forming up for the act. On the right, next to the Canadian soldiers, are the Spanish artillerymen.

Latvian soldiers with the flag of their Mechanized Infantry Brigade, center. To his right we see some Spanish soldiers from the "Guadarrama" Brigade. The vehicles behind, from left to right, are a Spanish M-109 self-propelled howitzer, two Slovakian SpGH Zuzana self-propelled howitzers, a Spanish Leopardo 2E tank, an Italian C1 Ariete tank and a Polish PT-91 Twardy tank.

The Canadian contingent, the largest in the eFP Battle Group Latvia, with three Canadian LAV III infantry fighting vehicles behind.

Soldiers of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion (LATBAT) of the Latvian Army, with their FV107 Scimitar reconnaissance vehicles. Latvia bought 123 of these vehicles from the UK in 2014.

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