This Canadian Army Tank Squadron will join the Canada-led NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroup in Latvia – a multinational, ten-nation battlegroup that Canada has led as the Framework Nation since 2017. The deployment of the Canadian Army Tank Squadron will significantly boost the battlegroup’s military capabilities. It is set to take place over the coming months, with the full arrival of the tanks, initial supporting personnel, and equipment expected by autumn 2023. The full complement of approximately 130 personnel should be in place by spring 2024.
This announcement demonstrates Canada’s commitment to implementing the Canada-Latvia Joint Declaration of June 2022, through which Canada pledged to work with Latvia and NATO Allies to generate and stage forces in order to surge the eFP Battlegroup Latvia to a combat capable brigade.
On the same day (June 16) in Ādaži, Latvia, Lieutenant Colonel Craig Higgins, the 1st Battalion Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry, handed over the command of the Battlegroup to Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Vincent, the 1st Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment (1RCR). In accordance with their rotation plan, 1RCR is deployed in Latvia for a six-month tour of duty.