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The Lithuanian Armed Forces which were initially intended as the sole defender of Lithuanian territory, have now been developed into a force capable of acting as an integral part of NATO forces.
The Land Force form the backbone of the country's defence force. In bringing ir up to NATO standards, current efforts focus on upgrading equipment and armaments, enhancing the Force's operational effectiveness, and combat training.
The combat training of the Land Force's units is focused on defense operations, operations in urban and captured terrain this year. The attention to the preparation for NATO-led International Security Assistence Forces (ISAF) operation in Afghanistan and for domestic support tasks in Lithuania is not be reduced as well.
The Lithuanian Domestic Support Forces Exercise "Strong Shield 2011"
Picture by A. Pliadis
The Land Force consists of the Mechanized Infantry Brigade "Iron Wolf", the National Defence Volunteer Forces, the King Mindaugas, the Grand Duchess Birutė, and the Lithuanian Grand Duke Butigeidis Dragoon Motorised Infantry Battalions, the Juozas Vitkus Engineer Battalion, and the Land Forces Juozas Lukša Training Center, numbering about 3,500 regulars and 4,500 volunteers.