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    Military Drills With US Participation Kick Off in Latvia

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    The drills held in the Latvian cities of Riga, Daugavpils, Kuldiga and Rezekne are aimed at practicing coordination of the military and civilian sectors in case of emergencies with a large number of victims, according to official statement.

    RIGA (Sputnik) — Joint US-Latvian military exercises dubbed Guardian Response are held in Latvia on Saturday, the press service of the country’s Defense Ministry said.

    The drills held in the Latvian cities of Riga, Daugavpils, Kuldiga and Rezekne are aimed at practicing coordination of the military and civilian sectors in case of emergencies with a large number of victims.

    The Phoenix military unit of 10th Air Brigade of the US Army, 95th Civil Affairs Brigade of the US Army and some 150 members of the Latvian National Guard are participating in the drills, the ministry said.

    The participants of the maneuvers are expected to practice rescuing victims and evacuating them using ground transportation as well as US helicopters CH-47 Chinook and UH-60 Black Hawk.

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