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KEVADTORM 2023 Combat Day 2 In Estonia

A brace of Royal Navy landing craft (LCVP) comes ashore to backload (notional) casualties during KEVADTORM 2023 [© Bob Morrison]

The second combat day of Exercise KEVADTORM (SPRING STORM) 2023 in Estonia is drawing to a conclusion with Orange Forces on top, reports Bob Morrison.

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On the multinational KEVADTORM 2023 exercise held over public land to the east of Tallinn, today commenced with an early hours amphibious landing by the UK’s 45 Commando with the aim of seizing and neutralising a defence missile complex before a few hours later French Paratroopers from 11e Brigade Parachutiste jumped into an improvised drop zone 50km to the east. As there was little point in attempting to photograph the beach landing at the darkest point of the night, we joined the Royal Marines as their landing craft came ashore to back-load (notional) casualties following the dawn attack.

A British Army Wildcat with door gunner runs parallel to the beach as the casevac LCVP backloads [©BM]
The Commando Carry in action ~ it’s not just something Royal Marines train at while at CTCRM [©BM]

We next joined volunteers from the Estonian Defence League as they joined the combat phase of the operation to block Orange Forces advancing though their villages and hamlets; though comparatively lightly armed, the EDL troops have the advantage of knowing the ground they are defending like the backs of their hands. Meanwhile, south of the French drop zone and closer to the main national training area at Tapa the British-led NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battlegroup under the 1st Estonian Brigade was falling back to defensive lines in the face of concentrated pushes along two east-west axis by Orange Forces armour.

Estonian Defence League volunteers advance to combat in Harju County during KEVADTORM 2023 [©BM]
A soldier from 3RIFLES prepares to take out advancing Orange Forces armour in Lääne-Viru County during KEVADTORM 2023 [©BM]

After a hard day on exercise KEVADTORM 2023 a temporary pause in the action was called at around 20:00 local to allow the troops to be replenished with ammunition, water and food. Tomorrow, as they say, is another day…

US Screaming Eagles replen with ammo, water and food from a two-door Oshkosh JLTV towing a bowser during an evening lull in KEVADTORM 2023 Combat Day 2 action [©BM]

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