Dutch troops start exercise in Lithuania Monday

VILNIUS, Sep 18, BNS – NATO Enhanced Forward Presence team’s combat group is starting an exercise in Jonava, Kaisiadorys and Elektrenai districts in central Lithuania on Monday. During the exercise, Dutch troops serving in the battalion will drill arrest and defense operations, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said.

The exercise will take place between Kazokiskes and Gaiziunai on Sept. 18-23, with troops moving in an around the training grounds.

“The exercise will mainly take place at daytime, we will use blank cartridges. The troops said daily lives of local residents would not be interrupted, pledging to cause as little inconvenience as possible,” the ministry said in a press release.

The Dutch contingent in the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence battalion consists of troops from the Dutch Army’s 13th light brigade and the 42nd Limburg Jaeger Armored Infantry Battalion.

The Dutch troops have brought all of the unit’s equipment to Lithuania, including Boxer infantry fighting vehicles and multiple function vehicles Fennek.

Dutch army Fennec armoured fighting vehicle

 

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