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Danish soldiers deployed to Latvia under NATO conduct live-fire exercise

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Soldiers from the Danish 1st Hussars are training in Latvia under NATO. The combat battalion was deployed to Latvia at the request of NATO after Russia’s unjustified and brutal invasion of Ukraine.

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At the request of NATO, the Danish Armed Forces have deployed a combat battalion with support units in Latvia. With approximately 750 soldiers, the battalion is helping to reinforce the region after Russia’s unjustified and brutal invasion of Ukraine.
The battalion is formed by the Danish Army’s 1st Brigade and is mainly composed of the 1st Hussars of the Guard Hussars Regiment, with support units from the Danish Artillery Regiment and the Danish Logistics Regiment. The Danish forces are deployed alongside troops from other NATO member countries at Ādaži Military Base and are integrated into the Latvian Mechanised Infantry Brigade.
The battalion deployed in late April 2022.
Footage includes various shots of Danish troops from the 1st Brigade conducting a live-fire exercise in the Latvian woodland, working alongside Latvian colleagues and firing from Combat Vehicle 90s and Piranha 5 armoured vehicles.

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(00:00) VARIOUS SHOTS - DANISH ARMOURED VEHICLES MOVE THROUGH LATVIAN TERRAIN
(00:11) VARIOUS SHOTS – DANISH INFANTRY SOLDIERS DISEMBARK FROM ARMOURED VEHICLE AND WALK THROUGH WOODED TERRAIN IN LATVIA DURING LIVE-FIRE TRAINING EXERCISE
(01:22) VARIOUS SHOTS – DANISH SOLDIERS PREPARE TO MOVE FORWARD DURING TRAINING EXERCISE
(01:35) VARIOUS SHOTS – DANISH SOLDIERS CRAWL THROUGH UNDERGROWTH DURING LIVE-FIRE TRAINING EXERCISE
(01:54) VARIOUS SHOTS – DANISH SOLDIERS COME UNDER ENEMY FIRE DURING TRAINING EXERCISE IN LATVIA
(02:01) VARIOUS SHOTS – DANISH SOLDIERS MOVE THROUGH WOODS AND FIRE WEAPONS AT OPPOSING FORCE DURING LIVE-FIRE TRAINING EXERCISE WITH THE SUPERVISION OF OTHER SOLDIERS
(03:43) VARIOUS SHOTS – DANISH SOLDIERS EXPLAIN WHAT IS HAPPENING ON THE RANGE TO LATVIAN SOLDIER OBSERVERS
(04:10) VARIOUS SHOTS – DANISH SOLDIERS MANOEUVRE AND FIRE CANNON FROM COMBAT VEHICLE 90 (CV90) ARMOURED VEHICLES
(05:07) VARIOUS SHOTS – DANISH ARMOURED VEHICLES FIRING ON RANGE IN LATVIA
(05:16) VARIOUS SHOTS – MORTARS FIRED FROM DANISH PIRANHA 5 ARMOURED VEHICLES
(05:59) CLOSE UP SHOT – DANISH SOLDIER TALKS INTO RADIO
(06:06) VARIOUS GOPRO SHOTS – DANISH SOLDIERS FIRE MORTARS FROM PIRANHA 5 VEHICLE
(06:23) SOUNDBITE (Danish) Lieutenant Colonel Anton Dinsen-Andersen, Commanding Danish Battalion - “1st Hussars”, Commanding Danish Contigent, Latvia
“Back in February, the Danish parliament decided to deploy the Danish unit into Latvia as a response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine. And through February and until the end of April we were on elevated readiness going from 30 days to 5 days, and at the end of April we were deployed to Latvia within a short amount of time. We’ve have been here ever since with the goal of training and preparing.”
(06:55) SOUNDBITE (Danish) Lieutenant Colonel Anton Dinsen-Andersen, Commanding Danish Battalion - “1st Hussars”, Commanding Danish Contigent, Latvia
“In regards to our level of preparedness, not much has changed because of the Ukraine crisis but we are of course watching what is happening in Ukraine. We look at the new TTPs [Tactics, Techniques and Procedures] of the Russians and their new way of doing things. So we're prepared if the Russians were to get the idea of marching and preparing to attack Latvia and the other Baltic countries.”
(07:18) SOUNDBITE (Danish) Lieutenant Colonel Anton Dinsen-Andersen, Commanding Danish Battalion - “1st Hussars”, Commanding Danish Contigent, Latvia
“There is no doubt that just our presence and the way we have integrated ourselves into the Latvian Brigade sends a strong signal to Russia that we are united in NATO in protecting the Baltic States and the whole of eastern flank. And I think we are doing that by both sending a message directly to Russia with our presence but also by essentially giving the local population the certainty that we are ready to defend Latvia should it come to that.”
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NATO887934
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2006