NATO has begun exercise Steadfast Juncture 2011 with The Lithuanian Armed Forces to support Nato Response Force (NRF) readiness for the 2012 standby period.

The exercise in the Pabrade Training Area is intended to certify Nato Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFC) Headquarters and Allied Force Command (FC) Headquarters Heidelberg Deployable Joint Staff Element (DJSE 2) to command and control a multinational deployed force.

The exercise will involve constant change of information between the participants by the Nato communications and data channels.

The NRF is a combination of land, maritime and special forces formed for quick deployment of troops to respond to crisis situations anywhere in the world.

Other Nato countries participating in the exercise include Greece, Italy, Germany, Spain, Norway and the Czech Republic.