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[In brief] Estonian unity ready for Barkhane

(B2) The Estonian Defense Forces unit has completed its pre-training, Estonian forces say. It can now be deployed in the French-led military operation in Mali.

“The objective of the final exercise was to check the training level of the unit, consolidate the acquired skills and find the gaps that still need to be supplemented,” said the commander of the Estpla-30 group (platoon Estonian 30), Lieutenant-Colonel Aigar Piirisild. During the exercise which lasted a week, the soldiers had to deal with the various activities carried out in the area of ​​operation. These included security posts, rapid response tasks and various emergency situations.

The training of Estpla-30, made up of soldiers from the pioneer battalion, began last fall. In addition to developing tactical skills, the program also included extensive medical training and basic French language training required for communication with local residents.

In Mali, Estonian fighters will be deployed from the beginning of April. They will remain for four months to replace the Estpla-28 anti-infantry group which served there last November.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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