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Troops of Portugal completed their rotation in Lithuania


On September 26 soldiers of the Portuguese rotational force were farewelled at a ceremony in Tauragė after having trained with the Lithuanian Grand Duke Kęstutis Motorised Infantry Battalion in Lithuania since June.


The Portuguese contingent was formed by approx. 100 soldiers. The leaving troops were presented with the Lithuanian Armed Forces Medals for Mutual Support and certificates of commendation from the Lithuanian Land Force Commander. As delegated by the Commander of the Motorised Infantry Brigade Žemaitija, Major Linas Pocius thanked the Portuguese soldiers for the close cooperation and the opportunity to train alongside them and share experience.


It was the third rotation Portugal had provided to carry out a four-month training period in Lithuania. The troops brought their dedicated equipment - Pandur II armoured vehicles and weaponry, and took part in national and multinational training events.


As the Assurance Measures for the Baltic region agreed by NATO are strengthen since 2014, a rotational U.S. land force company is kept in Lithuania, also, companies deployed by Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Poland, and Portugal have trained in Lithuania for several months so far.


There is a rotational company of the U.S. Army deployed in Lithuania. The U.S. troops train in situational training events and in joint exercises with units of the Lithuanian Land Force.


Photo credits: Bronislovas Ambrozas

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