Over 100 Spanish soldiers have been deployed to the Lielvarde Air Base in Latvia as part of NATO's efforts to enhance air defence in the Baltic region. The soldiers are working alongside their Latvian counterparts to improve interoperability between NATO armies and increase the effectiveness of standardized procedures.
The Spanish contingent in the Lielvarde Air Base is equipped with the NASAMS air defence system, which provides medium-range air defence capabilities to the Latvian Air Defence. This addition complements the short-range air defence systems already in place, which are operated by Latvian forces. The NASAMS system will significantly enhance the air defence capabilities of the Baltic region, providing an extra layer of protection against potential threats. The deployment of the NASAMS system, along with the Spanish soldiers, will help to improve the air defence of the whole country. The system is capable of detecting and engaging a wide range of threats, including aircraft, missiles, and drones, making it a valuable addition to Latvia's air defence capabilities.
Together, we stand committed to upholding our shared values of security, stability, and freedom
With the NASAMS system in place, Latvia will be better equipped to respond to any security challenges that may arise in the region. The system's ability to
operate alongside other air defence systems and integrate with NATO's wider air defence network will also help to improve the overall effectiveness of the alliance's air defence capabilities in the region.
"This joint effort between NATO members not only strengthens our collective defence, but also highlights the deep partnership and loyalty bonds that exist between our nations. Together, we stand committed to upholding our shared values of security, stability, and freedom," said Major Antonio Izquierdo Aroca, Commander of the NASAMS Unit.
The Spanish soldiers will be coordinating procedures with Latvian air defence forces, which will improve the overall effectiveness of NATO's air defence capabilities in the region. In addition, a number of exercises will be conducted to improve coordination and cooperation among NATO nations. These exercises will not only help to identify areas for improvement but also help to ensure that all NATO forces are able to work together seamlessly in the event of a crisis. The joint training and exercises will also help to strengthen bonds between NATO members and improve the Alliance's overall readiness.
The deployment of Spanish soldiers to Latvia demonstrates NATO's commitment to collective defence and the protection of its members. It also highlights the importance of strong alliances and the need for continued cooperation and coordination among NATO nations. This is just one example of the Alliance's ongoing efforts to achieve these goals and ensure the safety and security of its members.