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Thousands of Nato troops in show of force with military exercise

Nato staged a major military exercise in Latvia in a practical demonstration of leaders' commitment to defend its Baltic member states in the face of aggression from larger neighbours.

Around 500 paratroopers, hundreds of vehicles and aircraft are taking part in the exercise in Latvia's capital Riga. Exercise 'Steadfast Javelin II' simulates a deployment of Nato soldiers and equipment in another country in a crisis situation.

At a two-day Nato summit meeting in Wales members agreed to form a new rapid reaction force and to step up exercises in eastern Europe in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine.

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South Wales to witness show of 'Nato airpower'

South Wales residents will be treated to a display of "Nato airpower" this morning when a range military planes join the RAF Red Arrows in a flypast.

Aircraft from the US, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal and the Netherlands will feature along side the aerobatic display team.

RAF graphic showing the formation of the flypast Credit: RAF

Anyone wishing to see the flypast should be in Cardiff Bay for 8.30am, or the Spytty Park, Beechwood and Lliswerry areas of Newport for 8.45am. The jets will then continue to the Celtic Manor Resort for around 9am.

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