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The Baltic countries are not able to protect your coast because of the poor development of the fleet. This is stated in the report of the International centre for defence studies (mcoe) in Tallinn, at the disposal of Postimees. Article reprinted edition EurAsiaDaily.
The study’s authors argue that the long-term lack of investment in its own naval forces are doing the Baltic countries vulnerable to the threat from the East. “To cope in the event of a possible hybrid attacks from Russia, need to invest in the Navy,” — said in the report.
The report also States that the allies of the Baltic States in NATO will not be able to help them, because the main Navy of the Alliance focused on protecting the coastline between America and Europe. Currently, the main combat units of the Navy of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia are the minesweepers. These ships are designed for detection and destruction of sea mines, however, are not well suited for performing other combat missions, in addition, they have a fairly serious life.
Estonian Navy has three ships of this type: Admiral Cowan, Sakala and Ugandi. They are all manufactured in the UK at the turn of 1980 — 1990s and were in service of the British army until the mid-2000 years, then was sold to Tallinn. In the same way, the Navy of Latvia has acquired four minesweepers from the Netherlands, and Lithuania Navy bought two ships from Germany.
“The Baltic countries should move from minesweeping to further actions”, — commented on the situation one of the authors of the report, mcoe Tony Lawrence.
In September last year in Estonia were the largest in a quarter century, the teachings of the country’s Navy “Sea urchin — 2018”. It was attended by about 200 reservists, regular soldiers, conscripts and members of volunteer paramilitary organization Kaitseliit.
The exercise, in addition to the Navy of the country, was attended by the police and border guard, the Water Department and the State Chancellery of Estonia. About the dangers of the lack of interaction between these agencies, the researchers warned Tallinn in 2016.
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