570 Estonian defence personnel served on missions abroad in 2011

Overall 570 members of the Estonian Defence Forces served on missions abroad during 2011, of them 528 in Afghanistan. Of the remaining personnel, 30 served on a mission based in Djibouti, six in Iraq, four in Kosovo, and two in Bosnia and Herzegovina, military spokespeople told BNS. The personnel based in Djibouti serve on the EU’s anti-piracy mission Atalanta.

In the course of 2011 the Estonian infantry company ESTCOY-11 and the national support element NSE-10, the infantry company ESTCOY-12 and the national support element NSE-11, and the infantry company ESTCOY-13 and the national support element NSE-12 served in Afghanistan, deployed respectively in November 2010, May 2011 and November 2011. In addition to these units, a close protection team and staff officers serve in Afghanistan as part of the Estonian contingent.

In Iraq Estonian military personnel served on the NATO Training Mission.

Source: Estonian Review

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