Lithuania and Germany sign PoI on affiliation of units

19 February 2018 (Last Updated February 19th, 2018 12:14)

The defence ministries of Lithuania and Germany have signed a Protocol of Intent (PoI) on the affiliation of the Lithuanian Armed Forces’ Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf to a division of the German Army.

Lithuania and Germany sign PoI on affiliation of units
Signing of PoI between Lithuanian and German defence ministers. Credit: Bundeswehr.

The defence ministries of Lithuania and Germany have signed a Protocol of Intent (PoI) on the affiliation of the Lithuanian Armed Forces’ Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf to a division of the German Army.

The arrangement is intended to allow brigades of the Lithuanian Armed Forces to participate in training exercises with divisions of armed forces of other nations.

The current agreement will help ensure the readiness of the Iron Wolf Brigade to operate within a higher military unit. It will also deliver better interoperability with the German-led Nato Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania.

“We have to ensure our ability to act together in an organised and fluent manner for our allies’ actions to be effective.”

The Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf is intended to take part in the first exercise and training with the German division. It is expected to offer enhanced capabilities for the Nato EFP battle group as soon as this year.

Officers of the Lithuanian Armed Forces are expected to be posted to the headquarters of the German division.

Lithuania National Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said: “We have to ensure our ability to act together in an organised and fluent manner for our allies’ actions to be effective. Therefore, the affiliation will give the Iron Wolf Brigade the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and experience, and increase interoperability with the German Army, including the German-led Nato EFP Battalion in Lithuania.

“This is an important example of military cooperation between Lithuania and Germany that shows a lasting partnership and mutual support.”

The countries have also increased cooperation among them, with Lithuania procuring Vilkas / Boxer Infantry Fighting Vehicles or PzH2000 self-propelled artillery systems from Germany.