Germany starts rotating troops to Lithuania as reassurance measure

Germany will deploy the total of roughly 600 rotational forces and several hundreds of military vehicles Photos: Kam.lt
Germany will deploy the total of roughly 600 rotational forces and several hundreds of military vehicles Photos: Kam.lt

Nearly 300 soldiers from the 291st Infantry Battalion, Franco-German Brigade, Bundeswehr, arrived in Lithuania this week for joint training that will last until July when a new rotational contingent is scheduled to arrive.

The soldiers were brought to Vilnius by two flights of Luftwaffe aircraft on April 2 and 6. A part of the military equipment of the rotations is already in Lithuania, too, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on its website.

Tactical vehicles are brought from Germany via railway to Šeštokai. A part of the equipment is already deployed in Rukla, while the rest of it will arrive on April 8-9. The vehicles will reach Rukla from Šeštokai in two parts, one will drive in columns to the destination, the other will be transported by railway. The German equipment to take part in joint training in Lithuania includes Boxer infantry fighting vehicles, Fennek armoured reconnaissance ATVs, Fuchs armoured personnel carriers, and other types of equipment.

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The German soldiers and equipment are deployed at the Duke Vaidotas Mechanised Infantry Battalion, Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf, Lithuanian Land Force, for the period of joint training until July.

In June a German company will join the German troops deployed in Lithuania at present to take part in national and multinational exercise held in the country alongside Danish, Luxembourg’s, Polish and U.S. military. The current German rotation is planned to be replaced by a new shift from an artillery unit in July.

As NATO reassurance measures in the Baltic region are enhanced, Germany will deploy the total of roughly 600 rotational forces and several hundreds of military vehicles in several phases to take part in joint training and exercises in Lithuania.

Lithuania provides full Host Nation Support for the deployed allied forces (lodging, catering, logistical support), the quoted source concluded.