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The Lithuanian Land Force (LLF) forms the backbone of the country's defence force. The LLF is dedicated to the defence and security of the land territory of the Republic of Lithuania. It is one of four forces of the Armed Forces of Lithuania, under the Chief of Defence.
The aim of the LLF - prepare sub-units for the defence and security of the land territory of the state, and for participation in the international operations.
The troops of the LLF follow the following values of the Armed Forces of Lithuania: patriotism, loyalty, dedication, honesty, courage, respect, honor, and integrity.
Land Forces Day is considered on 15 July. It has to do with the fact that in the historical sources describing historic Battle of Grunwald held in 1410 July 15th for the first time captured the red flag with the sign of Gediminas dynasty was used in the battle. According that flag example the current flag of the Lithuanian Land Forces was created and approved in 2005.
The developement of the LLF is based on NATO standards; current efforts focus on enhancing the Force's operational effectiveness and strengthening abilities to act together with Allies. The troops are improving their skills and abilities constantly while participating in different military exercises and training in both, Lithuania and abroad.
The Lithuanian Domestic Support Forces Exercise "Strong Shield 2011"
Picture by A. Pliadis
The military training of the LLF units will focus on the preparation for the armed defense of the state and on domestic support tasks in Lithuania this year. The preparation for the duty in NATO Response Forces (NRF) in 2015 and in EU Battle Group (EUBG) in the first half of the year 2015 will be of high importance as well.
The sustention and development of the LLF capabilities this year will be ensured in the same way like in these latter years by organizing common exercises, study periods and seminars for the LLF fire support, reconnaissance, non-kinetic, and signals and communications units.
The LLF Headquarters, in cooperation with Danish Division (DDIV) and Danish Advisory and Training Staff (DATS), this year will continue the preparation of the Mechanized Infantry Brigade "Iron Wolf".
The LLF is comprised of (see the scheme) the Mechanized Infantry Brigade "Iron Wolf", the National Defence Volunteer Forces, the King Mindaugas Hussar, the Grand Duchess Birutė Uhlan, and the Lithuanian Grand Duke Butigeidis Dragoon Battalions, the Juozas Vitkus Engineer Battalion, and the Land Forces Juozas Lukša Training Center, numbering about 3,500 regulars and civilians, and around 4,500 volunteers.