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Saber strike 2016

Approx. 10 thousand soldiers from 13 NATO allies will take part in military drills in Lithuania and the Baltic States on May 27 through June 23 U.S. Army Europe organises the annual multinational Exercise Saber Strike in the Baltic States.

The exercise enhances interoperability of the participating nations in wide spectrum military operations. The 6th iteration of Exercise Saber Strike will train roughly 10 thousand troops from 13 NATO allies and partners: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, United Kingdom and the United States of America.





Exercise Saber Strike 2016 will kick off on May 27 with Dragoon Ride II, a redeployment training of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, U.S. Army. Roughly 1 thousand U.S. soldiers and 400 tactical vehicles will take two routes to redeploy from Germany to Estonia stopping in the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia along the way. The U.S. troops are planned to makes stops in cities and towns to showcase their capabilities, i.e. vehicles, weaponry and gear, to local communities. A part of the column is expected to visit Vilkaviškis and Panevėžys on June 5, and Kėdainiai, Biržai, and Kupiškis on June 12.


The part of Exercise Saber Strike 2016 held in Lithuania is an international field training exercise (FTX) named Iron Wolf 2016 that will be running concurrently in two locations - Gaižiūnai Training Area (Jonava distr.) and General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area (Švenčionys district). Lithuania will host over 5 thousand soldiers from 6 NATO allies, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, and the U.S., training alongside Lithuanian forces during the exercise.

"Soldiers deployed by different allies will be training side by side with our national forces to complete various operations necessary for providing an effective response to any regional threat. The number of military personnel NATO allies deploy to exercise in Lithuania is growing every year. It makes us face new challenges, which is, makes us develop our capabilities and enhance our abilities of efficient cooperation," Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Major General Almantas Leika says.






Exercise Iron Wolf 2016 will run at General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area on June 6-16. This part of the exercise will evaluate abilities of soldiers with the Lithuanian Grand Duke Kęstutis and Duke Vaidotas Mechanised Infantry Battalions and the 2nd Territorial Unit of Darius and Girėnas Military District, National Defence Volunteer Force, to carry out operational planning, unit control, reconnaissance, march, moving into concentration area, defensive and offensive operations. The total of approx. 1.9 thousand Lithuanian and approx. 400 Polish and U.S. soldiers will be training at General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area.

FTX Iron Wolf 2016 will take place at Gaižiūnai Training Area (Jonava distr.), and Kėdainiai, Kaunas and Jonava districts on June 11-21. This part of the exercise will train and certify a battalion task force formed mainly by the 2nd Brigade, Danish Division, soldiers for standby for the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF). Besides roughly 1,200 soldiers from Denmark, the part of the exercise will train approx. 1,500 soldiers from France, Germany, Lithuania, Luxembourg, and the United States.

POC: Capt Paulius Babilas, 00370 5 278 5094, 00370 640 45380





Updated on: 2016-06-01
Sprendimas: Fresh Media