The participation of Estonian military at international missions expands since the Riigikogu gave on Tuesday a mandate to send 15 navy members to the NATO permanent marine forces group, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
Estonia contributes, in addition to the military already sent to EU anti-piracy operation this year, with up to 15 ship crew members under NATO. The Estonian military will participate at operations on board military ships that belong to Germany.
The tasks of the military include guaranteeing security of ships, inspection of civilian ships and their cargo, with the aim of ascertain ships involved in piracy.
NATO member states' military ship units are used at antipiracy operations in the Indian Ocean and the anti-terrorism operation in the Mediterranean.