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Personnel of tri-national LITPOLUKRBRIG brigade train working together in peace support operations


On November 7 Exercise Maple Arch 2016 of the tri-national LITPOLUKRBRIG Brigade of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine began to train joint conduct of peace support operations.


“This training allows us not only to hone joint operation of all LITPOLUKRBRIG units but also to strengthen bonds with our partners from Canada and learn the best available practices for executing peace support operations,” stated Lieutenant-Colonel Eligijus Senulis, Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade Chief of Staff, at the opening ceremony.


“This international military activity will assist in sharpening professional skills of the Multinational Brigade staff and bring us closer to achieving Full Operational Capability,” he said.


“Maple Arch 2016 focuses on further enhancing the excellent working relationship with Lithuania, Poland and the Ukraine regarding key aspects of NATO Stability Operations. Canada’s role is to provide mentorship to the Multinational Brigade LITPOLUKRBRIG with staff of affiliated battalions throughout this exercise to ensure our collective success” said Lieutenant-Colonel John Woodgate, Canadian Co-Exercise Director.


This year’s two-week training event will see over 200 soldiers from Poland, Lithuania, and Ukraine, and Canadian mentors working together on a peace support operation scenario in the training ground of the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre (IPSC) in Ukraine. Lithuania is represented by the Lithuanian Grand Duchess Birutė Uhlan Battalion, Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf, at the exercise.


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 assign 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 about LITPOLUKRBRIG: http://litpolukrbrig.wp.mil.pl/en/91.html


For more information contact Captain Oleksandr Gain, LITPOLUKRBRIG Public Information Officer at (Pol) +48 508 272 094, тел. (Viber) +38 (096) 501 65 51, e-mail [email protected]


Photos: courtesy of LITPOLUKRBRIG

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