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    NATO Launches Military Exercises at Latvia's Adazi Base

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    NATO's Summer Shield XIII exercises will take place at the Adazi polygon in Latvia, aiming to develop combat skills at the level of battalions and brigades, according to the Latvian Defense ministry.

    RIGA (Sputnik) — NATO's Summer Shield XIII exercises kicked off earlier on Sunday at Latvia's Adazi polygon, the Latvian Defense ministry said Sunday.

    "From today and until April 29, international exercises will take place at the Adazi polygon, aiming to develop combat skills at the level of battalions and brigades," the ministry said in a statement.

    Military units will practice a wide range of combat skills, the ministry said, noting that training will involve artillery, mortars, combat engineering, anti-tank defense and defense against weapons of mass destruction. Latvian infantry, airborne troops and several special forces units will take part, according to the statement.

    Last year's Summer Shield XII took place in Adazi between March and April and involved units from Latvia, the United States, Lithuania, Germany, Luxembourg, and Canada.


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