Lithuania – Duty in NATO Response Force and the EU Battle Group ended


Units of the Lithuanian Armed Forces finished half-year’s standby in NATO and EU forces
Half year duty of units of the Lithuanian Armed Forces in NATO Response Force and the EU Battle Group ended.

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Duty in NATO Response Force and the EU Battle Group ended
Source: Ministry of National Defence Republic of Lithuania.

As of 1 January 2010 about 600 of Lithuanian military personnel, mostly from the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion where assigned for duty in the Land Component of the NATO Response Force (NRF-14). Lithuanian soldiers were deployed in the trilateral Baltic Battalion (BALTBAT).

Another 130 soldiers majority of whom come from King Mindaugas Mechanised Infantry Battalion performed standby in the EU Battle Group (BG) together with troops from Poland, Latvia, Slovakia, and Germany.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit of the Lithuanian Armed Forces will take over duty in NRF from July. The unit based on Juozas Vitkus Engineer Battalion will be deployed with Polish Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company.

Neither NRF nor BG were invoked for service in crises regions in the first half of 2010. Units of the Lithuanian Armed Forces assigned to multinational capabilities continued combat training and drilled combat skills in Lithuania throughout the duty period. Military personnel of Algirdas Battalion also began preparation for deployment to the mission in Ghor province of Afghanistan due this autumn.

Next year Lithuania plans sending Capability Guard Company, around 120 members mainly from the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion, to NRF.

Press release
Ministry of National Defence Republic of Lithuania.