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Joint training of the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battalion and units of the Lithuanian Land Force discussed


“Commander of the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Huber and I have discussed the training calendar of Lithuanian and NATO soldiers for the first semester of this year, reviewed internal procedures, and agreed on some of the main activity coordination principles. It is wonderful to see units deployed to Lithuania so soon after the decisions being taken in Warsaw, they will strengthen the defence of our country and the Alliance together with our forces at the same time acting as a deterrent for a potential enemy,” Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Brigadier General Valdemaras Rupšys said following a coordination meeting on January 25 between himself, Commander of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade , and the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Commander in Rukla.


Commander of the NATO battalion deployed in Lithuania with staff officers on January 24. The Commander will carry out preparation, drafting and coordination of military training schedules, view service and living conditions for the battalion, infrastructure, and other units, before the deployment of the main force.


First members of the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battalion arrived in Lithuania this week – forward logistic team from Belgium on January 24. The group of over 100 will carry out preparation ahead of the deployment of the remaining forces. Belgian troops with their equipment arrived on January 24-26.


German soldiers who will make up to the core of the NATO battalion will begin redeploying from the permanent location in Bavaria to Lithuania as of next week. They will later be followed by Dutch and Norwegian troops as the first rotation of the NATO enhanced forward presence. All units of the NATO battalion are expected to deploy in Lithuania and reach full operational capability till mid-June.


The NATO enhanced forward presence battalion in Lithuania will be led by Germany whose military personnel will also form the core of the battalion. In 2017-2018 the battalion will be manned by Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Croatia, and France, in total, roughly 1,200 soldiers.


At peacetime the NATO battalion will train together with Lithuanian forces, just like it will defend Lithuania alongside national forces and additionally deployed reinforcement in case of a crisis.


The multinational battalion will be based in Rukla, assigned to the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf, Lithuanian Armed Forces, and train alongside its soldiers in its military training cycle.


The NATO battalion in Lithuania will be comprised on a headquarters and a headquarters company, logistic support company, and three-to-four combat companies, and different combat support units. Reinforcement to the NATO forward presence battalion will be deployed when necessary, i.e. when exercises are held or in case of threat. Such a deployment is already planned for the summer when an intense cycle of exercises will run: artillery, air defence, engineer, and other units, are planned to be sent in.


Lithuania will provide full host nation support to the battalion – living conditions, meals, other logistical support.


In the context of the Russian aggression in Ukraine and changed security situation, Heads of State and Governments agreed at the NATO Summit in Warsaw to enhance allied presence in the three Baltic states and Poland by deploying NATO enhanced forward presence battalion battle groups as of 2017.


About the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence


Credits: SSgt Oksana Boguševičienė

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