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Danish Prime Minister and Defence Minister visited Danish soldiers and their colleagues in Estonia

19.01.2018  12:53
Visit of Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and Danish Minister of Defence Claus Hjort Frederiksen – in pictures.

On Sunday 14th January 2018 the Danish contingent was visited by the Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and the Danish Minister of Defence Claus Hjort Frederiksen accompanied by their Estonian counterparts. Warm welcome speeches were held in 9 degrees below zero, after which the Ministers had an informal dinner with the soldiers in the canteen and inspected the modern facilities of the Tapa military base.


Photo: Headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces

The bulk of the Danish contribution of 200 soldiers to the NATO eFP battle group in Tapa arrived on 10th January in two C-130 Hercules aircraft. The rest of the Danish contingent, alongside armoured personnel carriers and armoured fighting vehicles, arrived by the Absalon class support ship Esbern Snare a day later in the city of Paldiski. The Danish contingent will stay in Estonia for six months, after which they will replaced by 200 new colleagues.


Photo: Headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces

On 13th January, the Transfer of Authority ceremony took place on the Tapa military base, in which Lt.-Col. Carsten Winther formally handed over authority to the Welsh Commander of the eFP Battle Group. The U.K. is the leading nation for the battlegroup operating in Estonia totalling around 1,000 personnel, as a part of Estonia’s 1st Infantry Brigade. The Ambassador spoke once more to the Danish contribution, giving an overview of the security policy situation in the region and underlining the value of the military support provided by the Danish contingent as tangible evidence of NATO solidarity as well as territorial deterrence.


Photo: Alar Truu (Õhtuleht)

Monday 15th January was a busy day for the Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen as well as the Danish Minister of Defence Claus Hjort Frederiksen. A series of bilateral meetings were held. Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen met with President Kersti Kaljulaid and Prime Minister Jüri Ratas. Defence Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen had a meeting with his Estonian counterpart Jüri Luik. It was underlined in all meetings that Estonia warmly appreciates the Danish contribution to NATO’s and Estonian security. Estonia was congratulated on its centenary of independence in 1918. Exactly 200 Danish soldiers contributed in the Estonian War of Independence. From the Estonian side, the Ministers looked forward to celebrating also the 800th anniversary of the Dannebrog in 2019.



Both the Danish and the Estonian press followed the visit to all three Baltic States.



The Danish Press got the opportunity to photograph the Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen on his way from Estonia to Lithuania still in the C-130 Hercules aircraft looking out of the open hatch, saluting the F-16 pilots. A photo which we will remember.



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