Denmark deploys soldiers to Lithuania for Baltic security enhancement

23 November 2014 (Last Updated November 23rd, 2014 18:30)

Denmark has sent 140 military personnel to Lithuania as part of deterrence measures agreed for the Baltic region at the Nato Summit in Wales, UK.

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Denmark has sent 140 military personnel to Lithuania as part of deterrence measures agreed for the Baltic region at the Nato Summit in Wales, UK.

The Danish scouts are expected to train side-by-side with reconnaissance personnel of the Lithuanian Land Force for a one-month period.

The Danish Division, 1st Brigade, Reconnaissance Company soldiers will be trained to direct mechanised reconnaissance, used in various types of operations, including offensive, defensive, peace support and other missions.

Lithuanian Defence Minister Juozas Olekas said: "Our allies are here when we need them as an embodiment of the urgent implementation of the decisions taken at the Nato Summit and a reassurance to Lithuania that it does not stand alone in the region where a shift in the security situation has occurred."

"The Danish contingent also includes 70 combat vehicles, including MOWAG Eagle IV armoured reconnaissance vehicles and military trucks."

The Danish contingent also includes 70 combat vehicles, including MOWAG Eagle IV armoured reconnaissance vehicles and military trucks, which would be transferred to the Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf in Rukla.

Nato has augmented security measures in all three Baltic States' airspace and sea territory, in wake of the changed geopolitical situation in the region.

Since spring, a rotating US ground forces contingent has been stationed in Lithuania, while a 140-strong company of the Hungarian Defence Force is currently deployed for the period spanning late October to next month.

Meanwhile, a motorised infantry company of the Belgium Armed Forces is scheduled to arrive in Lithuania for one month in October 2015, while Portugal and Germany have also announced plans to deploy soldiers to the country in the same year.

Aiming to have a battalion-sized Nato unit permanently deployed in its territory, Lithuania has already incorporated nearly 150 Lithuanian company members into the battalion-sized unit, formed on a rotating basis together with Nato allies.

The allied forces engaged in the Baltic Air Policing Mission have been augmented and intensified, with a Standing Nato Mine Counter-Measures Group ONE (SNMCMG1) ship constantly taking part in maritime training events in the Baltic Sea.


Image: Danish soldiers are expected to train side by side with reconnaissance personnel of the Lithuanian Land Force for one month. Photo: courtesy of PFC Rasa Tautaviciute.

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