German soldiers receive tactical equipment for training in Lithuania
The German armed forces, Bundeswehr, has taken delivery of its military equipment to provide training in Lithuania.
Approximately 60 units of tactical equipment, which includes Marder infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), Leopard tanks and Dachs engineer tanks, were delivered to the country.
The majority of German soldiers deployed in Lithuania are from the German Armed Forces' 122th Mechanised Infantry Battalion and 12th Mechanised Infantry Brigade.
Germany is currently as framework nation of the Nato enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battalion positioned in Rukla Garrison of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.
In addition, a major Dutch contingent will be deployed to the region in March, while the Norwegian contingent will join in May.
As agreed at the Nato Summit in Warsaw in July 2016, the NATO eFP battalion battle group was deployed in the European country following a change in geopolitical conditions, as well as Russia's actions in Ukraine.
The Nato battalion will be trained at the Lithuanian Armed Forces training areas during peacetime, and offer reinforcement in response to crises or conflict.
The battalion in Lithuania will comprise a headquarters and a logistic support company, as well as varied combat support units and three to four combat companies.
Reinforcement to the Nato forward presence battalion will be deployed when exercises are conducted, or in response to threats.
Lithuania will provide the Nato battalion with full host nation support, including living conditions, meals and logistical services.
Image: German soldiers and their equipment deployed for training in Lithuania. Photo: courtesy of Lithuanian Armed Forces.