Fighters disturbing cows' dalliance
While it may seem a joke at first glance, a farmer located near the Ämari air base lost thousands of euros due to stress caused in his animals by low-flying fighter jets.
25.11.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
US to station armored brigade in Eastern Europe from 2017 - Pentagon
The United States plans to step up its troop presence in Eastern Europe in response to «an aggressive Russia», with continuous rotations of an additional armored brigade beginning in early 2017, the U.S. military said Wednesday.
USA seeks ways to boost Baltic defence
The swampy Baltic terrain, outdated international agreements, bottlenecks in transit roads and holes in defence capacity make it difficult to move military units here, lists the US defence ministry's journal Stars and Stripes in an article published last Friday, citing reasons for updating the Baltic defence strategy.
08.09.2015, Jürgen TammePM
3000 US troops head to Eastern Europe for exercises
The Pentagon says that about 3,000 U.S. soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division will deploy to Eastern Europe on a three-month exercise beginning next week, to conduct training exercises with forces from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Polish Army Museum to deliver tank given as gift to Estonian War Museum
A ceremony will take place at the Estonian War Museum on Thursday in which representatives of the Polish Army Museum will hand over a T-34/85 tank to the Estonian museum as a gift.
Conscript hospitalised by explosives
A month ago, a conscript at Kuperjanov Infantry Battalion was hospitalised due to injuries by an explosives package going off.
19.11.2014, Toomas RandloPM
US armoured unit enters service in Estonia
United States of America 1st Cavalry Division, 1st Brigade, 8th Cavalry Regiment’s mechanised infantry company has entered service on Estonian soil. By ceremony at 1st Infantry Brigade at Tapa, the unit replaced US 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team – in Estonia since spring.
09.10.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Gallery: US troops train taking former jailhouse
Yesterday on former Murru Prison lot in Vasalemma Commune, Harju County, a company of the US 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team practiced seizing territory. The three-hour exercise featured some hundred troops and eight helicopters.
Ilves and Obama: Ukraine needs political support
At today’s joint press conference in Tallinn, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and his US counterpart Barack Obama underlined the urgent need of Ukraine for political support.
03.09.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Editorial: Trojan Truck
Russian role thus far undermines trust towards alleged humanitarian convoy.
National Archives searching for forgotten souls
1914–1918. With about 100,000 mobilised into WW1 from Estonian and Livonian National Archives searching for forgotten souls.
13.08.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Obama: Estonia will never stand alone
«Poland will never stand alone! Estonia will never stand alone! Latvia will never stand alone! Lithuania will never stand alone! Romania will never stand alone!» US President Barack Obama said in Warsaw, yesterday.
05.06.2014, Peeter RaudsikPM
Ilves: contribution to the security of Afghanistan has been a contribution to our own security
«Thanks to your experiences and courage, the Estonian Defence Forces are more effective and more professional,» said the President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves on Friday in Kadriorg, when he addressed the last contingent of the Estonian Defence Forces to serve in the NATO led mission in Afghanistan.
Estonian battle equipment buy endangered
Last week, NATO defence ministers convened in Brussels to discuss situation in Ukraine. According to Urmas Reinsalu, holder of said portfolio in government of Estonia, another important private meeting happened with Dutch colleague Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert. The topic: Estonia’s desire to buy, from Holland, CV90 combat vehicles and PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers.
06.03.2014, Mikk SaluPM
Six girls go for conscript service
This week, over 300 conscripts were drafted to do their duties regarding national defence – the initial call of the New Year.
Army to acquire self-propelled guns
Ministry of Defence next year investments will amount to €43.26m. Among other things, the ministry will initiate procurement for self-propelled guns and combat machines. The largest project launched will be building of five arracks: by year’s end, four barracks will be completed in Võru, Jõhvi and Ämari, plus another building renovated in Tallinn Mine Harbour (Miinisadam).
26.09.2013, Andres EinmannPM
Editorial: doing army twice?
Pursuant to new law, Russian citizenship will equal conscript service in Russian defence forces.
Editorial: army unlucky with antiutopia
Facing the need to split people into two categories, fast, it would be wonderful indeed to be able to let all take a good test, tick a box and divide the folks. Like Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, kind of: people come with their qualities, each fit for a spot.
Returning conscript loses job
Employers are supposed to maintain positions, but ignorance may cause loss.
17.07.2013, Hanneli RudiPM
Estonian defense forces to get 5 new barracks by end of 2014
A plan of the Estonian Defense Ministry to build five new barracks at different military compounds by 2014 is aimed at putting all conscripts in state-of-the-art living quarters when the program is completed.
Quarter of new conscripts in Estonia are volunteers
The summer call-up that took place in Estonia this week saw 1,671 young men and five young women enter the conscript ranks of the defense forces, with a quarter of the young men turning up as volunteers.
Defence Forces needing a new foreign mission?
By now, Estonian Defence Forces have been constantly involved in foreign missions for over a decade, probably ready to face situations increasingly complex and intense. Over the years, more and more men and machines have been included: in the beginning, a few men were dispatched into crisis areas; now platoons and even companies have been sent to Afghanistan.
Former Navy chief Igor Schvede appointed chief of staff
Defense Minister Urmas Reinsalu has appointed Navy Capt. Igor Schvede, deputy chief of staff of the defense forces and former commander of the Navy, as the new chief of staff of the Estonian defense forces effective from July 8.