This year, the Estonian Defence Forces' biggest annual military exercise also rehearsed the reinforcement of NATO's enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup (eFP) Estonia to Brigade-level strength.
That is a key shift – the extra layer of capability in time to be part of the in-place force prior to the outbreak of a conflict,
said Brigadier General Giles Harris, Commander NATO eFP Command in Estonia. This year’s two-week long exercise has been a demonstration of NATO’s determination to defend every inch of its territory – and its resolve to have the necessary forces in place, trained and at the ready to do so.
Spring Storm has grown from being the final exam of Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) conscripts ending their service to what is now a large-scale international exercise with considerable participation by Estonia’s Allies and partners. This year, it involves 4,000 troops from Canada, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States.