Latvia – securing the eastern flank of NATO
The Armed Forces has deployed a combat battalion with support units in Latvia. The approximately 750 soldiers contribute to NATO's defense plans and contingency forces and help to strengthen security in Denmark.
Infanteri Fighting Vehicles are being loaded on transport ships before deployment to Latvia. Photo: Niels Porsbøl
The Armed Forces contributes to securing NATO's eastern flank by having a battalion combat group with supporting capabilities deployed in Latvia. Here, soldiers contribute to NATO's defense plans and contingency forces. NATO's presence in the area also helps to strengthen security in Denmark, because Denmark's security begins in the Baltics and Poland.
The combat battalion is formed by the Army’s 1.st Brigade and is composed of a main force from the Guard Hussars Regiment with support units from the Artillery Regiment, the Command Support Regiment and the Logistic Regiment. The Danish contribution also includes, among other things, a national support element and a contribution from the military police.
The battalion battle group is deployed from May 2022 and includes about 750 soldiers.
The Danish forces in Latvia are helping to deter threats and can, if necessary, respond to military aggression against Denmark's allies. By having Danish forces in the Baltics, Denmark is helping to demonstrate the unity of NATO: An attack on a member country is an attack on the entire NATO alliance.
The deployment of Danish soldiers in Latvia is a natural continuation of the cooperation Danish and Baltic soldiers have had in recent years' international missions and during training.
For the Danish soldiers, the Baltics constitute a complex training and operational environment, where conditions differs from Denmark. The deployment gives the Danish soldiers good opportunities to strengthen their general military skills, knowledge of their equipment and co-operation skills. The deployment in Latvia also trains soldiers' ability to act in an environment at risk of hybrid threats in the form of espionage, cyber activities and hostile information campaigns.
Period of timeFra 2022