From May 24th to 26th, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), General Denis Mercier made an official visit to Estonia, where he was welcomed with military honours by Lieutenant General Riho Terras, Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces.
During the visit, SACT had the opportunity to participate in working meetings with Mr. Marko Mihkelson, Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of Estonian Parliament, Mr. Hannes Hanso, Minister of Defence, and Mr. Taavi Rõivas, Prime Minister of Estonia. During those meetings, General Mercier gained a clear understanding of how Estonian armed forces have progressed in the conduct of an important Transformational process since their NATO accession in 2004.
General Mercier was also invited to visit the Baltic Defence College by its Commandant, Major General Vitalijus Vaikšnoras where SACT addressed the students of the Higher Command Studies Course as well as those of the Joint Command and General Staff Course and the members of the Baltic Defence College Faculty. During his presentation, in reviewing the development and adaptation of the Alliance, SACT highlighted the threats NATO is facing today are not new, but the difference is their concurrence, complexity and interrelated nature which is challenging us. SACT also underlined that since its foundation NATO has managed to adapt and face every security challenge, and will continue to do so.
The strong commitment of Estonia to the Alliance posture, with assets like the NATO Force Integration Unit and the Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence established in Tallin were also the focus of SACT’s attention during his visit.