Ottawa Citizen
March 2, 2022

Canadian military to extend stay of artillery unit in Latvia

Canada will extend the stay of an artillery unit it is sending to Latvia as part of efforts to bolster NATO in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The deployment of the unit, with 120 personnel, was only to be for six weeks. But those timelines have now changed.

“Current planning is for that artillery battery to deploy for three months,” National Defence spokesperson Dan Le Bouthillier said. “After that, Canadian Armed Forces will be looking at deploying a group for a six-month rotation.”

***

The Canadian military had artillery units deployed in Latvia in 2017. Those were eventually replaced by units from NATO nations as part of regularly scheduled rotations.

The artillery unit should be ready to go to Latvia by the end of March, according to the Canadian military.