Theresa Bubbear, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Estonia, who completed her term in Estonia, received the Cross of Merit of the Ministry of Defence, Second Class, from Minister Kalle Laanet on Friday. Ambassador Bubbear was recognised for her significant contribution to the development of defence co-operation between Estonia and the United Kingdom.
“Theresa Bubbear has ensured that bilateral co-operation between Estonia and the United Kingdom in the field of defence would take place at a high level and be effective, and it was during her tenure that the forces of the NATO’s Enhance Forward Presence arrived to Estonia, led by the United Kingdom,” said Minister of Defence Laanet.
During Theresa Bubbear’s term, the UK-led NATO Battlegroup began work at Tapa, and she was fully committed to supporting the presence of British troops.
During Ambassador Bubbear’s term, co-operation between Estonia and the United Kingdom also increased in other international security related formats such as the Northern Group and the Joint Expeditionary Force.
Several representatives from Allied countries, who have made a significant contribution to Estonia’s security through their activities, have previously been awarded the Cross of Merit of the Ministry of Defence, Second Class. On Thursday, Colonel Paul Clayton, Commander of NATO Enhanced Forward Presence, Estonia – whose term is coming to an end – was awarded a Cross of Merit, Second Class. He was recognised for the outstanding development of NATO’s deterrence and defence posture and defence co-operation between Estonia and the United Kingdom.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Estonia and the United Kingdom. However, Estonian-British defence related co-operation dates back to the time of Estonian War of Independence.
The Cross of Merit of the Ministry of Defence, Second Class, is awarded in recognition of long-term successful activities for the benefit of the national defence of the Republic of Estonia.
The Cross of Merit of the Ministry of Defence was established on 24 February 1998, the 80th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, and is meant to be awarded to individuals in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the national defence of the Republic of Estonia, and in the construction and securing of national defence. The Cross of Merit consists of three classes.
Source: Estonian Ministry of Defence