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Lithuanian and Belgian Defence Ministers visited Belgian troops deployed as part of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion in Lithuania

2017.11.24
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Video report (Sgt Spc Lukas Tamošiūnas)

 

On November 24 Minister of Defence of Belgium Steven Vandeput and a delegation of Belgium’s Members of Parliament conducting a visit in Lithuania were accompanied by Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis and leadership of the Lithuanian Armed Forces to Rukla to meet with Belgian soldiers serving as part of the NATO enhance Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania.

 

The guests were briefed about the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf of the Lithuanian Armed Forces into which the German-led NATO eFP Battle Group is integrated.

 

The Minister s also viewed the military equipment the Belgian military personnel had brought with them, logistical support equipment of the NATO eFP in Lithuania, and met with the Belgian troops.

 

More about Lithuanian and Belgian Defence Ministers’ meeting

 

Roughly 100 soldiers of the 29th Logistics Battalion, Belgian Land Component, have been serving since the beginning of the year in the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group deployed in Lithuania for deterrence and defence. The Belgian troops form the core of the logistical company of the multinational battalion, they carry out logistical support assignments, support unit redeployment operations. The Belgian soldiers deployed in Lithuania with logistical equipment: trucks, towing vehicles and other equipment necessary for providing mobility for the entire multinational battle group.

 

The Kingdom of Belgium has been consistently supporting Lithuania’s efforts to strengthen its defence since NATO accession, the country is actively contributing to the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states. Since the Baltic states joined NATO in 2004, the Belgian Air Component was the first air force to guard the Baltic airspace. It was succeeded by four more rotations completed from Šiauliai and Amari in Estonia. Belgian soldiers are conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission from Amari at present. An the sixth rotation of the Belgian Air Component in Lithuania is expected next year.

 

Since the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in spring 2014, soldiers of the Belgian Land Component were sent to Lithuania and practised joint actions in the Lithuanian Armed Forces’ military training areas. Belgium has deployed soldiers and equipment to multinational military exercises in Lithuania numerous times.

Photo credits: Alfredas Pliadis (MoD)

 

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