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International operations

Battalion soldiers are participating in international operations since 1994. Units usually are deployed for six months period to mission areas and mainly conduct peace support operations. Tasks for units differ from each mission. The main mission areas or international projects where the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanized Infantry Battalion took part in are listed and described bellow.







NRFCombat duty in the NATO Response Force (NRF-14)

The NATO Response Force (NRF) is a highly ready and technologically advanced force made up of land, air, sea and special forces components that the Alliance can deploy quickly wherever needed.
It is capable of performing missions worldwide across the whole spectrum of operations.
These include evacuations, disaster management, counterterrorism, and acting as ‘an initial entry force' for larger, follow-on forces.
It can number up to 25,000 troops and start to deploy after five days' notice and sustain itself for operations lasting 30 days or longer if resupplied.


The Baltic Battalion formed up from three Baltic States Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania took  part in the NRF-14 combat duty.

National units of the Baltic Battalion have successfully completed a stand-by period on high alert from January 1, 2010 till June 30, 2010 as a part of a Land component of nato NATO Response Force.


BB logoThe Baltic Battalion

The Baltic Battalion was established in 2007, and the lead nation role belongs to Lithuania. The Baltic Battalion has been supplied with military elements from Lithuania, Estonia and with staff personnel from Latvia. Lithuania has assigned two mechanized infantry companies, logistic support unit, additional platoons such as antitank, signal and mortars, Estonia - one mechanized infantry company, reconnaissance platoon and other units.
The commander of Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanized Infantry Battalion was assigned to lead the Baltic Battalion during preparation and stand by periods. Whereas Lithuania is the lead nation of the project, the Battalion Chief of Staff and Chiefs of sections are also officers from Algirdas battalion.


Main dates for the Baltic Battalion:

April 2006 - Denmark invited to support NATO NRF-14 initiative
October 2006 - Chief of Defence proposed to Ministers of Defence of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to establish combined battalion to contribute to NRF-14
January 2007 - Ministers of Defence of decided to establish a combined battalion
In 2007 - Chief of Defence approved generic structure and roadmap of the combined battalion
September 14, 2007 - Ministers of Defence of three Baltic States signed a Memorandum of Understanding
October 2007 - Chief of Defence approved the Baltic Battalion Project Directive, allocation of positions in HQ and Training&Exercise directive
May 20-24, 2009 - national evaluation exercise "IRON EAGLE" was held in Lithuania
June 11, 2009 - during "BALTIC EAGLE" exercise in Latvia the Baltic Battalion was evaluated as combat ready
Since January 1, 2010 till June 30, 2010- Baltic Battalion was in Stand-By period in the NATO Response Force (NRF-14).


EmblemaProvincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) mission - Afghanistan

Since 2005 Lithuanian Armed Forces plays a significant role in Afghanistan by leading the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Ghowr province. The main objective of the PRT mission is to assist the Central Government of Afghanistan to extend its authority throughout the province, to ensure security and to help built environment favourable for provincial reconstruction. Lithuanian-led Provincial Reconstruction Team of Ghor situated in Chaghcharan, a capital of the province, is a joint military-civilian mission operating under the NATO's International Security Assistance Force.

The Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanized Infantry Battalion took part in PRT-3 mission in 2006 as the PRT-3 was formed on Algirdas battalion basis. Former Battalion commander Lt. Col. Vilmas Šatas was assigned to lead the PRT-3 mission in Afghanistan for six month.
PRT-3 continued the tasks and activities implementation of prior PRT-2 rotation. Activities were mainly focused on strengthening influence of local Afghan authorities in the region, helping local security forces in establishing a safe and secure environment and creating conditions for local civil activities. A significant attention was paid to the local police project.


The PRT-12 shift was also formed on the basis of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanized Infantry Battalion. Since April 2010 soldiers of  Algirdas battalion had been preparing for a second participation in a joint military-civilian mission in the Lithuanian-led Provincial Reconstruction Team of Ghor. Lt. Col. Remigijus Baltrėnas was assigned to lead the PRT-12 mission in Afghanistan for six months.

International community while fulfilling the strategy of NATO's presence in Afghanistan pays major attention to prepare and train Afghan National Security Forces that entails gradual transfer of responsibility for ensuring national security to the Government of Afghanistan.

Operation "Iraqi Freedom" - Iraq
Seven platoon size units from the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanized Infantry Battalion periodically were assigned for this operation since 2003 till 2008. Six times platoon size Lithuanian Contingent (LITCON) units took part in this mission under the UK command in a compound with Danish Mechanized Infantry Battalion near Basra. LITCON-10 for almost eight months was assigned to the US Brigade located in Al Kut city in the Eastern part of Iraq.




The main periods of LITCON platoons rotations from Algirdas battalion:

LITCON-1 July 2003 - October 2003
LITCON-2 October 2003 - February 2004
LITCON-3 February 2004 - August 2004
LITCON-4 August 2004 - November 2004
LITCON-7 February 2006 - August 2006
LITCON-9 February 2007 - August 2007
LITCON-10 November 2007 - August 2008





Updated on: 2011-08-22
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