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Officers of international brigade LITPOLUKRBRIG drew experience from South-Eastern Europe Brigade SEEBRIG when preparing for exercise

2016.10.14
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Chief of Staff of the tri-national Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian Brigade LITPOLUKRBRIG Lieutenant Colonel Eligijus Senulis paid a visit South-Eastern Europe Brigade HQ located in Greece. During the visit experience of two international brigades was exchanged and bonds strengthened. Also, participation of staff officers with the tri-national brigade in international SEEBRIG Exercise Seven Stars 2016 was discussed alongside other mutual activities.

 

“We value the knowledge and experience the South-Eastern Europe Brigade amassed over 17 years of operation, it is very useful for further developing and strengthening the joint Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian military unit established in 2014,” Lt. Col. E. Seniulis said.

 

According to the LITPOLUKRBRIG officer, “We can see our weaknesses and shortfalls as we move closer to Full Operational Capability, and familiarisation with SEEBRIG experience advices us on the decisions we need to take.”

 

SEEBRIG is a multinational unit established in 1999 by seven countries (Romania, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Albania, Italy and Bulgaria). At the moment it is 5000-strong. SEEBRIG focuses on maintaining stability and security in the region, to foster political and military trust amongst Southeastern European countries, it also contributes to executing framework tasks in peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations areas. Its key task is to prevent armed conflicts in its region and maintain peace and stability.

 

About the tri-national brigade LITPOLUKRBRIG

 

The Ministers of Defence of the stablishing countries endorsed the agreement on establishing the trilateral Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade (LITPOLUKRBRIG) in Warsaw on 19 September 2014.

 

As embedded in the LITPOLUKRBRIG establishing agreement, other nations will be able to join the unit at the invitation of the establishing nations.

 

The Initial Operation Capability of LITPOLUKRBRIG was marked on 25 January 2015 with formal opening of its headquarters based in Lublin. Initial Operational Capability is a phase of readiness of a military unit, it is reached when the unit is manned at least by 90%, documents necessary for HQ operation have been prepared, budget approved, welfare of members and their families is ensured, and other conditions for the operation of the unit are met.

 

When the headquarters reaches Full Operation Capability, it will include roughly 100 soldiers and civilians, while the entire brigade will be roughly 3.5-4 thousand strong.

 

The Brigade is formed following the model of multinational crisis response capabilities – European Union Battle Groups (EU BGs). The LITPOLUKRBRIG is made up of an international staff, three battalions and special-purpose units. Brigade personnel serves in their home countries but are assembled for multinational operations and exercises.

 

Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine each assigns an infantry battalion, and personnel for special-purpose units and the LITPOLUKRBRIG staff. The Lithuanian contribution to the LITPOLUKRBRIG is formed from the personnel of the Grand Duchess Birutė Uhlan Battalion.

 

The LITPOLUKRBRIG personnel participate in joint training and exercises, the Brigade or its elements will be deployed to international operations mandated by the United Nations Security Council, while decision regarding deployment of the LITPOLUKRBRIG to international operations will be made by general consent of all the establishing countries.

 

The LITPOLUKRBRIG battalions are held on standby in their home countries, and deploy in composition of LITPOLUKRBRIG in case a decision is made to activate the Brigade or any of its elements.

 

On 21 September 2016 Colonel Zenon Brzuszko was appointed the commander of the brigade. The LITPOLUKRBRIG Commander is assigned by the establishing nations on a rotational basis by general consent.

 

Evaluation Exercise Common Challenge 2016 of the Brigade will take place in Poland on 8-16 December 2016.

 

LITPOLUKRBRIG is one of the largest and most ambitions military cooperation projects.

 

More: http://litpolukrbrig.wp.mil.pl/en/91.html

 

Photos: courtesy of LITPOLUKRBRIG

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