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Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg to visit Luxembourg’s forces deployed in Lithuania

2017.10.25
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On October 27 Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg conducting a visit in Lithuania and President of the Republic of Lithuania HE Dalia Grybauskaitė will visit soldiers of Luxembourg deployed to serve in the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania who are currently training in multinational Exercise Iron Wolf II at the General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė.

 

More officials will be visiting the training area: Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis, acting Chief of Defence Brigadier Valdemaras Rupšys, Chief of Operations Command of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Joint Staff Colonel Raimundas Vaikšnoras, Commander of the Motorised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf Colonel Mindaugas Steponavičius, Commander of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania Lieutenant Colonel Thorsten Gensler.

 

The soldiers of Luxembourg are deployed in July 2017 as part of the NATO eFP Battle Group in Lithuania since the beginning of the year for the purpose of deterrence and defence. Luxembourg’s platoon provides logistical support to the multinational unit. Luxembourg’s soldiers also brought their own logistical support equipment, roughly 10 cargo trucks of different modifications, via Klaipėda Seaport.

 

In 2013 Luxembourg donated 20 HMMWVs to the Lithuanian Armed Forces. Luxembourg also consistently contributes to the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states and infrastructure development. It also supports the Eastern Partnership Trust Fund initiated by Lithuania for cooperation projects with Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova in security and defence areas. Soldiers of Luxembourg and Lithuania are training together and take part in such multinational exercises as Iron Sword, Saber Strike, Iron Wolf, Baltic Piranha, etc.

 

The Luxembourg Army is the smallest armed forces among NATO allies. It includes from 900 to 1 thousand civilian and military members. It has been manned on the principle of voluntary service since 1967, it includes both professional soldiers and volunteer privates, the length of the latter’s service is three years.

 

The NATO eFP Battle Group currently deployed in Lithuania is manned by Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Luxembourg and led by Germany (with the biggest troop contribution). In 2017-2018 the multinational unit will be manned by Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Croatia, France and the Czech Republic.

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