Upon his stay in Estonia, the MNC NE Commander talked with LTG Martin Herem, Commander Estonian Defence Forces, and MG Indrek Sirel, Deputy Commander Estonian Defence Forces. LTG Wojciechowski emphasized that the relationship between the Corps and the Estonian Allies continued to strengthen NATO's deterrence and defence along its north-eastern borders:
The Estonian Defence Forces are our much-valued partner and a driving
force in maintaining stability across the Baltic. Our long-standing
cooperation will continue to advance security throughout the region.
While in Estonia, the General visited MNC NE's subordinate formations. He appreciated the opportunity to speak with NATO Force Integration Unit Estonia (NFIU EST) personnel led by COL Mart Vendla of the Estonian Army. "Your competence and sterling work across Estonia are a testament to the successful advancement of regional stability," LTG Wojciechowski stated. Activated in 2015, NFIU EST is part of NATO's permanent presence in the Baltic region. Their main mission has been focused on facilitating the rapid deployment of Allied forces to Estonia, supporting collective defence planning, and assisting in training and exercise coordination. At the same time, NFIU EST acts as the main link between the host nation and all Allied troops, whether as part of NATO or other defence arrangements.
You have set a high standard of how to assist our Allies, the Commander summarized.
Additionally, the delegation met with the U.K.-helmed enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Estonia headquarters' staff, including their outgoing commanding officer, COL Paul Clayton, and the incoming commander, COL Dai Bevan (both of the British Army). The General stressed that the eFP was a joint endeavour. He appreciated the contributing nations' involvement and the professionalism of the host nations' brigades whose principal task is to integrate the Battle Groups into national forces' structures. The system braced by MNC NE's two multinational divisions remains the bedrock of NATO's collective pledge to the region. "As we strengthen the enhanced Forward Presence capacity, I wish to thank the eFP command for their ironclad commitment to expanding NATO's deterrence and defence," LTG Wojciechowski said.