Tapa Army Base
|Tapa Army Base
|Type||Brigade level military base|
|In use||Units of North-Eastern Defence Command|
Tapa army base (Estonian: Tapa sõjaväelinnak) is one of the largest military bases of the Estonian Army. There are only specialised battalions which require a large area for every day training. Next to the base is Central Training Area. It is excellent for artillery live firing and manoeuvre. Because of this other military units go there several times a year.
Tapa military base is one of the few former Soviet military facilities which were taken over by the Estonian Defence Forces in early 90s. The first facility of the base was built in the autumn of 1939, an airfield, by the Red Army. After the end of World War II and the Soviet recapture of Estonia the base area was enlarged and totalled at its peak around 9 square kilometres. The military also stationed later a Soviet Air Force fighter regiment equipped with 40 fighters Mig-23. In the 60s the military base received also a tank and a pioneer training regiment. During the Soviet exploitation of the military base a lot of ecological damage was carried out, mainly due to the poor handling of the oil and other fuel.
Soviet-era buildings are being renovated into more modern structures, and new infrastructure is being constructed.
The Tapa Army Base accommodates the following units:
- North-Eastern Defence District HQ
- Engineer Battalion
- Artillery Battalion
- Air Defence Battalion
- Central Training Area
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