Although it has no air combat capability, the aviation branch of the Latvian National Armed Forces is on its way to becoming fully standardised within NATO. Cristian Schrik interviewed the Latvian Air Force chief of staff, Lieutenant Colonel Jurijs Pļaviņš and the 1st Aviation Squadron commander, Major Imants Šnitko.
Latvian Air Force
‘In association with…AIRFORCES Intelligence’
A former Soviet facility, Lielvārde aviation base has been home to the Latvijas Gaisa spēki (Latvian Air Force, LAF) since 1994. The air arm’s motto is Visu par Latviju – All for Latvia! Today, Lielvārde houses the entire LAF, including an antiaircraft battalion, an air surveillance unit (ASU), a communications and support unit and the 1. Aviācijas Eskadriļa (1st Aviation Squadron).