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Lithuania

Norway has from late May 2017 contributed with a mechanized company to Lithuania as a part of NATOs operation Enhanced Forward Presence.

​The Norwegian forces consists of 200 men and women from The Army. The majority of the soldiers belong to the Telemark battalion. However, they are supported by soldiers from the whole Brigade North, including fire control, military police, communication support, logistics and engineers.

The Norwegian forces have brought with them main battle tanks, CV90 infantry fighting vehicles, combat engineering vehicles (STING), armoured engineering vehicles, bridge layers, armoured recovery vehicles, fire control vehicles, tracked vehicles, excavators and command and control vehicles.

Enhanced Presence

During the NATO Summit in Warszawa in July 2016 it was decided that the alliance should enhance its military presence in the Baltics and Poland. The presence is a defensive measure that emphasizes the alliance´s will for collective defence.

Enhanced Forward Presence consists of four rotational, multinational battalion-size battlegroups based in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland. The Norwegian contribution is part of a German-led multinational battalion where The Netherlands and Belgium also participate.

Important exercises

The Battalion that Norway is a part of, is located in a Lithuanian garrison in Rukla, about 90 km from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius.

In April 2017 a small forward team of Norwegian military personnel was sent to Rukla to make sure that everything was ready when the Norwegian main forces entered the garrison in late May. The Norwegian mission in Lithuania will last for six months.

During their deployment the Norwegian forces will, amongst others, participate in two main exercises. The first exercise took place in June and had as its aim to certify the forces.

 

Published 31 July 2017 15:14. by Ina Nyås Moe, Norwegian Joint Headquarters.