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Minister of National Defence observed joint defensive operation of multinational Exercise Iron Wolf II

2017.10.27
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On October 27 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis, acting Chief of Defence Brigadier Valdemaras Rupšys, Commander of the Motorised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf Colonel Mindaugas Steponavičius, and Commander of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania Lieutenant Colonel Thorsten Gensler took part in Distinguished Visitors Day of ultinational Exercise Iron Wolf II at the Lithuanian General Silvestras Žukauskas training Area (Švenčionys distr.) and observed a demonstration of a joint defensive operation.

 

The event rehearses and assesses planning and conduct of defensive and offensive operations abilities in the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group attached to the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf and the Lithuanian Grand Duchess Birutė Uhlan Mechanised Infantry Battalion, ad also refine interoperability with NATO allies. The U.S. company and the UK element from the NATO eFP in Poland have also joined the exercise.

 

The DV Day attendees were invited to observe Lithuanian and NATO eFP troops from Germany, Norway and the Netherlands conduct a joint defensive operation. All the participants were separated into the Red Force or hostile forces, and Blue Force or own forces. The Red Force played by German company and a Norwegian tank platoon were advancing on an object to attack it but the assault was halted by the Blue Force – tanks of the German Army. The Blue Forces withdrew after the first contact to secondary positions while the Red Force was blocked off by obstacles constructed by German engineers and by fire of 155 mm self-propelled howitzers. The Red Force was finally repulsed by Boxer IFVs of the Dutch force equipped with Spike anti-tank systems, and on the line of defence – Lithuanian Armed Forces Uhlan Battalion mechanised infantrymen with their weaponry.

 

The distinguished guests were also able to view weapons and gear used in the exercise.

 

Exercise Iron Wolf II is running on October 18-31. It involves over 2.3 thousand soldiers from 12 NATO countries, HQ element of the Multinational Corps Northeast Command and support by the Lithuanian Air Force. The exercise takes place at Gaižiūnai (Rukla) and General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Areas. The training audience is also practicing operating in civilian areas near the military training areas.

 

Iron Wolf II is the annual Exercise Iron Wolf organised by the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf.

 

Exercise Iron Wolf II is running on October 18-31. It involves over 2.3 thousand soldiers from 12 NATO countries, HQ element of the Multinational Corps Northeast Command and the Lithuanian Air Force.

 

The exercise trains and assesses planning and conduct of defensive and offensive operations abilities in the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group attached to the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf and the Lithuanian Grand Duchess Birutė Uhlan Mechanised Infantry Battalion, ad also refine interoperability with NATO allies.

Exercise Iron Wolf II is running on October 18-31. It involves over 2.3 thousand soldiers from 12 NATO countries, HQ element of the Multinational Corps Northeast Command and the Lithuanian Air Force. The opening part of the exercise took place at Gaižiūnai (Rukla) and General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Areas. Currently the training audience is also practicing operating in civilian areas near the military training areas. Iron Wolf II is the annual Exercise Iron Wolf organised by the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf.

 

The multinational NATO eFP Battle Group deployed since the beginning of the year and fully formed in May is led by Germany. Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Norway contributed troops to the eFP Battle Group. Aside from the countries forming the NATO eFP Battle Group and Lithuania, there is also military personnel of the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, U.S., Poland and Slovakia are training together in Lithuania.

 

Photo credits: Giedrė Maksimovicz and Private 1st Class  Vaiga Zalatoriūtė

Video credit: Sergeant Specialist 1st Class Lukas Kalvaitis

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