President Gitanas Nausėda visited General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė and met with Lithuanian, German and United States troops and evaluated their readiness.
“I was delighted to hear from the German and American soldiers that throughout their careers they found the best conditions to train here, in Lithuania. This shows that we can prepare the infrastructure for training and exercises in a truly professional manner. Equipment, skills and motivation everything is at the top level. I am happy with what I saw in Pabradė – we work very seriously and strengthen our ability to defend ourselves in the event of a threat to our homeland”, said the President.
The President learned about the progress of the exercise of the Lithuanian Army Mechanized Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf. The President focused on the evaluation of the German-led NATO enhanced forward presence battalion and Lithuanian armed forces units. During the period of two weeks, defense and offensive operations, as well as force integration, were completed. Soldiers from different countries also trained in planning, communication and force protection.
The Iron Wolf 2019-II exercise was attended by nearly a thousand military equipment units. Approximately 3,000 troops maneuvered at the exercise area and its surroundings at one time and the total number of participants was 4 thousand. Self-propelled field artillery howitzers PzH 2000 that the Lithuanian Armed Forces recently acquired from Germany were also used in the exercise. The President visited the battery shooting positions of General Romualdas Giedraitis Artillery Battalion, performed a combat shooting and watched troops preparing to provide artillery support.
The President visited the camp of the US rotation forces from the Texas Battalion. The military unit, which employs more than 500 land force troops, brought its heavy equipment to Lithuania – about 30 Abrams tanks, more than 20 infantry combat vehicles and other equipment. US Army troops arrived as a part of operation Atlantic Resolution.
According to the President, the presence of US troops, cooperation with Lithuanian troops and sharing their experience once again demonstrate strong commitment of the Alliance and the US to the security of Lithuania and the Baltic States. This battalion will be deployed in our country until spring next year.
During the visit to the training area, the President learned about the infrastructure of the Battle City training complex that consists of 26 buildings. This complex replicates the real-life combat conditions in the city and contains an indoors battlefield training facility, which the Lithuanian Armed Forces have not had before.