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Roughly 200 soldiers of the Norwegian contingent deploy in Lithuania

2017.05.28
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On May 29 roughly 200 soldiers of the Norwegian contingent assigned from the Telemark Battalion and Brigade Nord of the Norwegian Armed Forces are deploying in Lithuania to serve in the NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battalion Battlegroup.

 

The Norwegian force’s equipment was brought via Klaipėda Seaport last week. It includes roughly 60 vehicles – various modifications of Leopard tanks, CV 90 IFVs, M113 armoured vehicles of different modifications, other cargo and light vehicles.

 

Currently, the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battlegroup in Lithuania includes over 450 German soldiers, 100 Belgian and 250 Dutch troops.

 

In 2017-2018 the NATO eFP unit in Lithuania will be manned by Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Croatia and France. The Battlegroup in Lithuania is mainly composed of German troops and is led by a German officer.

 

NATO enhances its forward presence in the eastern flank by deploying four battlegroups in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland on a rotational basis. The battlegroups led by the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and the United States are multinational, combat-ready forces that showcase the strength of the Trans-Atlantic bond. Their deployment signals that an attack on one NATO member is an attack on all. The deployment is also the largest ever enhancement of NATO’s collective defence, including the NATO presence in the Black Sea region.

 

NATO enhanced Forward Presence

 

Photos by the Norwegian Armed Forces: https://forsvaret.no/

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