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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