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Exercise Flaming Thunder officially opened in Pabradė


On April 13 Flaming Sword 2015, an international exercise for indirect fire support units was officially opened during a ceremony in at the General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė.


Chief of Staff and Acting Commander of Juozas Lukša Training Centre of the Lithuanian Land Force, the Officer Conducting Exercise (OCE) at Flaming Thunder 2015, Major Arvydas Benešiūnas declared the exercise open and saluted exercise participants at the formal ceremony in at the General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė.


"This exercise organised annually by the Land Force has expanded from one to two training areas, in geography of participating countries (this year it involves participants from four NATO member states - the United States, Poland, Lithuania and Portugal), and the quantity of exercise training audience has also significantly increased." Maj Arvydas Benešiūnas wished the training audience to meet exercise objectives and to take with them an even better ability of completing joint tasks together and with better coordination after the exercise.


Lithuanian and Polish participants of the exercise lined up in a parade for the opening ceremony of Exercise Flaming Thunder at General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area.


Flaming Thunder in an annual exercise organised by the Lithuanian Land Force, Lithuanian Armed Forces, for indirect fire support units. Exercise Flaming Thunder 2015 which will run from April 13 through 24 will involve roughly 450 soldiers from four NATO allies: the United States of America, Poland, Lithuania, and Portugal.


The main goal of the exercise: to train indirect fire support units to provide efficient fire support during offensive operations and to hone interoperability with NATO allies.

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