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New Canadian Headquarters Building Opens in Latvia

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) task force deployed in Latvia officially opened their new headquarters building today at a ceremony near the Latvian National Armed Forces’ Joint Headquarters in Riga, Latvia.

The new building will house Task Force Latvia Headquarters which was previously located within the Latvian National Armed Forces’ Joint Headquarters. This building will improve Task Force Latvia’s ability to accomplish its mission as NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Framework Nation in Latvia by boosting connectivity and providing the ability to host staff from other sending nations. It will also alleviate the burden on its Latvian allies, who have graciously made room for them since Task Force Latvia’s arrival in early 2017.

Task Force Latvia Headquarters provides national command and control for CAF personnel deployed with the enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Latvia (eFP Latvia). Given Canada’s leadership role as the Framework Nation for eFP Latvia, Task Force Latvia is also responsible for supporting Canadian and NATO military objectives, coordinating with military authorities from Latvia and all the countries contributing forces to eFP Latvia, and improving the integration of Canadian personnel and assets with NATO Allies in Latvia and the wider eFP region.

Colonel Jean-Francois Cauden, Incoming Commander, Task Force Latvia stated, “This building is an important milestone in the maturation of our mission here and our relationship with our NATO Allies in Latvia. It will allow us to be more effective in the accomplishment of our tasks, facilitating interactions with all of our teammates in the region. I would like to thank our gracious hosts from Latvia who have greatly supported us thus far while this building was being designed and built. This building will help us, our eFP partner nations, and our Latvian allies grow together and develop our ability to assist in the defense of Latvia and the promotion of stability in the region.”

The deployment of Canadian soldiers to Latvia is part of Operation REASSURANCE, the CAF support to NATO in Central and Eastern Europe. The assets deployed under Operation REASSURANCE represent Canada’s largest sustained presence in Europe in more than a decade.

Canada enjoys excellent relations with Latvia. Canada was the first G7 country to recognize the restoration of Latvia’s independence in 1991, and one of the first countries to ratify Latvia’s accession to NATO in 2004.

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