NATO – EOD Unit of the Lithuanian Armed Forces begins duty in NRF


Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit of the Lithuanian Armed Forces begins duty in NRF
EOD Unit of the Lithuanian Armed Forces based on Juozas Vitkus Engineer Battalion’s military personnel begins duty in the NATO Response Force. Around 30 EOD specialists of the Lithuanian Armed Forces will conduct a half year of service in a Polish EOD Company in NRF-15.

Juozas Vitkus Engineer Battalion's military personnel

Source: Ministry of National Defence Republic of Lithuania.
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They were preceded by a contingent of around 600 military personnel, mainly from the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion, that served in NRF-14. They were deployed with the joint Baltic Battalion (BALTBAT).

EOD Unit committed to NRF will conduct standby in Lithuania ready to deploy to a NATO-led multinational operation at any time if a decision was made to send in NRF to the crisis region.

On June 30 around 130 troops from King Mindaugas Mechanised Infantry Battalion finished a half-year rotation period in a EU Battle Group (BG) with another four countries – Poland, Latvia, Slovakia, and Germany.

No order was issued to deploy NRF or BG in crises regions in the first half of this year. Units of the Lithuanian Armed Forces assigned to the multinational forces spent the period undergoing combat training and drilling combat skills in Lithuania. Military personnel of Algirdas Battalion also began training for service in Chaghcharan Provincial Reconstruction Team to which they will be deployed this autumn.

After a half of year Lithuania is expected to send a Capability Guard Company to NRF formed on the basis of Algirdas Battalion’s personnel.

More information about the NATO Response Force and the EU Battle Groups, and Lithuania’s engagement in their activities:

Press release
Ministry of National Defence Republic of Lithuania.