Home  /  Newsroom  /  News  /  2021  /  NATO's eFP soldiers prove their physical endurance during friendly competition

Jun 15 2021

NATO's eFP soldiers prove their physical endurance during friendly competition

SZCZECIN, Poland - On 11 June, service members from across NATO's enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) participated in the "Baltic Warrior" competition in Latvia. This time, multinational soldiers proved their endurance and excellent physical preparation during a sporting rather than military exercise.

"Baltic Warrior" is a periodic run and walk event intended to give eFP members the opportunity to test their physical and mental resilience in a spirit of friendly competition. It is also an excellent opportunity for integration between soldiers from different countries.

More than 250 teams from more than a dozen countries took part in the "Baltic Warrior". They represented Allies from the United Kingdom, Latvia, Slovakia, Italy, Spain, Poland, Albania, Germany, the Czech Republic, Canada, Slovenia, Belgium, the United States and France. The event consisted of: 22 km of walking with a backpack weighing 15 kg; 2 km of walking with a canoe weighing approximately 35 kg; and 11 km of rafting on the Gauja River.

Prizes were awarded to the top 3 male and female mixed teams, as well as the country with the best average time. The awards were ceremoniously presented by the Commander of eFP Battlegroup Latvia, LTC Enno Kerckhoff of the Canadian Army.

After an extremely fierce competition, the first two places on the podium were taken by Latvian teams, while the third place was taken by soldiers from the tank company of the Polish 15 Giżycko Mechanised Brigade.

baltic_warrior_13-e4X5P1
Canadian soldiers during Baltic Warrior 21 / Photo by MCpl Stuart MacNeil
baltic_warrior-wEzXP1
Spanish soldiers during Baltic Warrior 21 / Photo by SSGT Juan Delgado Garnacho
baltic_warrior_10-WO4KW2
Multinational teams marching with their canoes during Baltic Warrior 21 / Photo by SWO Krzysztof Łukaszewicz
baltic_warrior_4-jc4s55
A Canadian soldier carrying her canoe during Baltic Warrior 21 / Photo by SSGT Juan Delgado Garnacho
baltic_warrior_2-bZLbf4
Rafting on the Gauja River during Baltic Warrior 21 / Photo by SWO Krzysztof Łukaszewicz
baltic_warrior_3-yzmDI3
Soldiers from the Polish contingent supporting their team / Photo by SSGT Juan Delgado Garnacho
baltic_warrior_20-2zfSn6
Albanian soldiers approaching Baltic Warrior's finish line / Photo by eFP LTU
baltic_warrior_21-7L4Qe7
Belgian and german soldiers approaching Baltic Warrior's finish line / Photo by eFP LTU
baltic_warrior_22-DvgHN8
U.S. soldiers approaching Baltic Warrior's finish line / Photo by eFP LTU

Story by Multinational Corps Northeast Public Affairs Office, original story by Polish Armed Forces Operational Command

Search our content:

Address

Multinational Corps Northeast
Waleriana Łukasińskiego 33
71-215 Szczecin
Poland

Media Operations

Public Affairs Office
Waleriana Łukasińskiego 33
71-215 Szczecin
Poland