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Lithuanian and Portuguese soldiers train side by side in Tauragė region


On September 4-8 soldiers of the rotational force of Portugal and of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Kęstutis Motorised Infantry Battalion, Motorised Infantry Brigade Žemaitija, are training together in an exercise in Tauragė town and surrounding area, and Pagėgiai municipality.


Since May roughly 100 soldiers with tactical vehicles of Portugal’s rotational force have been deployed in Lithuania for a four-month tour of duty of joint Training with Lithuanian allies. Stationed for that period together with the Lithuanian Grand Duke Kęstutis Motorised Infantry Battalion in Tauragė , the Portuguese troops train alongside Lithuanians in national and international exercises held in Lithuania. This is the third rotation Portugal has sent to implement the measures of deterrence agreed on by NATO for the Baltic region.


At field training exercise Tauragė 2017 this week forces of both countries are training offensive and defensive operations. Local community is invited to see Pandur armoured vehicles, Toyota light-weight all-terrain vehicles, Iveco medical aid vehicle and various weaponry brought by the Portuguese troops and used in the exercise.


Other participants of the exercise are personnel of Tauragė Chief Police Commissariat and Tauragė Fire and Rescue Department, personnel of Pagėgiai Unit and helicopters of the Aviation Unit of the State Border Guard Service, also personnel of Tauragė Primary Healthcare Centre and Tauragė Hospital.


The Portuguese rotational force has been deploying in Lithuania as part of the NATO Assurance Measures since NATO. The Assurance Measures encompass air, naval and land measures to step up security of Central and Eastern European NATO allies.


Portugal has also provided three rotations of the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic States so far. The country also contributes to the activity and implementation of tasks of the NATO Force Integration Unit Lithuania by posting two staff officers.


The NATO Assurance Measures for the Baltic region are enforced since spring 2014, a U.S. company is maintaining a rotational presence in Lithuania, also, companies from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Hungary and Germany have conducted several months long rotations in Lithuania.


Photo credits: Private Recruit Eugenijus Ambrozas

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