From October 1 to 27, Estonia’s Defence Forces will host combined joint manoeuvres with German armed forces teams involving base defence drills with Air Force Regiment and Eurofighters from NATO’s enhanced Air Policing mission as well as Navy security forces and the maritime NBC defence platoon. A generic scenario at the Tallinn harbour and Ämari Air Base will enable combined joint training missions increasing the ability of Estonian and German forces to work together. The drills reinforce the operational readiness of the Alliance for an Article 5 operation, the defence of territorial integrity of the Allies.
According to German officials, exercise Baltic Tiger reflects Germany’s comprehensive commitment along the eastern flank and the close cooperation and coordination with the Baltic Allies. Since September 20, German forces have deployed to Estonia, and the main force will arrive on September 29. Throughout the execution phase of the Baltic Tiger, the participating forces from Estonia and Germany will work towards effectively conducting missions together. The focus will be on the defence and protection of critical air force and navy infrastructure. Other goals include conducting area surveillance, protecting lines of communications and convoy escorts and operating in an NBC contaminated environment.