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LITPOLUKRBRIG starts realistic training in near Nowa Deba

2016.06.08
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LITPOLUKRBRIG began on 6 June its participation in ANAKONDA 16 Exercise oriented on training and coordination Crisis-response Operations in Nowa Dęba training ground, scheduled to take place between 6th and 17th of June.

 

The exercise opening ceremony was held by Brigadier General Adam Joks, the Multinational Brigade Commander today, on 6th of June, and involved participants from Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, Hungary and the US.

 

During welcoming speech Brigadier General Adam Joks expressed his belief in the significance of this event. According to the LITPOLUKRBRIG Commander’s words, ANAKONDA 16 Exercise creates a wide spectrum of opportunities to cooperate with military partners from participating nations. During next 10 days the soldiers will work, train and live together shoulder to shoulder to achieve all desired training objectives and develop military capabilities. Hence, participation in this operation will allow us to raise the level of training, establish mutual trust and understanding between the involved armies.

 

For Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade this the first significant training event since opening its Command on 26th of January this year. The unit deploys a command post which will be issuing orders to the affiliated elements and running them during simulated operation.

 

“ANAKONDA 16 provides us, the LITPOLUKRBRIG Command and certain affiliated units, with a possibility to verify the capacities of interoperability within the Brigade, as well as cooperation with the potential and current partners of the unit. We are brothers in arms and we will show that during this training event. At the end of the day we will be more proficient, more interoperable and better prepared to meet the NATO standards and international cooperation military requirements,” commented Brigadier General Adam Joks.

 

In particular, a Ukrainian airborne platoon with 80th Airborne Brigade has been attached to a Polish battalion. It opens an opportunity to exercise interoperability on tactical level and explore successfulness of combined tactical units.

 

It shall be recalled that the ANAKONDA 16 exercise, taking place at the largest Polish military ranges all around the country, will involve 31 thousand soldiers, hailing from 24 countries.

 

At the end of the ceremony Brigadier General Adam Joks wished all participants the successful and safe training and good working atmosphere.

 

About LITPOLUKRBRIG

 

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

 

The inauguration ceremony of the LITPOLUKRBRIG HQ in Lublin on 25 January 2016 marked the achievement of the Initial Operational Capability which is a military term for a stage when 90% of the staff personnel is already been composed, key documentation for the operation of the staff is in place, budget is approved, and the welfare conditions for the personnel and their families of the personnel and other conditions for the unit to operate are provided.

 

When the HQ reaches Full Operational Capability, it will be run by roughly 100 soldiers and civilians, while the entire Brigade will be approx. 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.

 

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 will 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.

 

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

 

Information and pictures by  Captain Oleksandr Gain, LITPOLUKRBRIG Public Information Officer at (Pol) +48 508 272 094.

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