US and allied soldiers start Exercise Hunter in Lithuania

19 May 2016 (Last Updated May 19th, 2016 18:30)

Military personnel from the US, Canada, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland have started Exercise Hunter, a joint military exercise, in Pabrade, Lithuania.

Exercise Hunter

Military personnel from the US, Canada, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland have started Exercise Hunter, a joint military exercise, in Pabrade, Lithuania.

More than 1,200 troops will perform joint tasks and various defensive operations during the event.

Participants have been trained to use anti-tank platforms, such as Javelin, Spike and Carl Gustaf anti-tank weapons.

Ghost Troop, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman Sergeant Tyler Berry said: Every country has its own way of operating during operations like this.

"The great benefit for our unit here in Lithuania is being able to train in perfect terrain with multinational forces."

"It was nice to see how they implemented their weapons into the scenario, which allowed us to manoeuvre freely."

The ten-day event allowed the soldiers to share each other's tactics, techniques and procedures in a bid to improve multinational interoperability between allied nations.

German Army commander Lieutenant Colonel Marc-Ulrich Cropp said: "The great benefit for our unit here in Lithuania is being able to train in perfect terrain with multinational forces.

"Interoperability will be at a high level after this exercise.

"We received all the support that we needed to conduct training, whether here in Pabrade, or in Rukla. The support by the commanders has been great."


Image: A Lithuanian soldier teaches a German soldier how to properly use a Javelin anti-tank missile during Exercise Hunter. Photo: courtesy of Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin.