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Domestic support forces

From 2012 to 2014 the second rotation, composed of approximately 950 soldiers, is on duty of Lithuanian Armed Forces Domestic Support Forces (DSF).



DSF has Land, Air, Navy, and Special Operations Components in its structure. The biggest one - Land Component mainly consists of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Kęstutis Motorised Infantry Battalion, located in Tauragė district. Also there are attachments from the National Defence Volunteer Forces (NDVF) territorial units, Motorised Infantry Brigade "Iron Wolf", Juozas Vitkus Engineer Battalion, Dr. Jonas Basanavičius Military Medical Service, Military police, Logistic Command, and Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas Staff Battalion.


DSF Air Component consists of two helicopters and their crews from Lithuanian Air Force and one platoon from Air Defence Battalion. One warship with the crew is on duty in DSF Navy Component. Special Operations Component is formed of one squadron from Special operations Forces.


DSF are ready to conduct domestic support operations in the territory of the Lithuanian Republic and react to constantly changing situation, possible threats and provocations. Domestic Support Forces will react to sovereignty violation, provide reinforcement of the state border under the necessity, secure state and municipal objects of major importance, and defend them from terroristic and mass attack, support state institutions in case of emergencies.


DSF are not designed to defend the territory of Republic of Lithuania in the case of the war. It is designed to give a quick response to the local incidents, unlawful military actions and in the case of aggression. DSF reacting to the incident try to gain time until decision to employ larger follow-on forces will be made. DSF are similar to the NATO Response Force (NRF). It is planned to change DSF shifts on a rotation basis every 2 years.



In 2009, on the order of the Commander of the Land Forces were formed Domestic Support Forces. From the 1st January 2010, the 2 year long duty was conducted by the first rotation of DSF. The Land Component of DSF was formed mainly of soldiers from the Grand Duchess Birutė Motorised Infantry Battalion and attached units from Juozas Vitkus Engineer battalion, the Duke Vaidotas Forward Support Battalion, and troops from the NDVF territorial units.



Domestic Support Forces soldiers

Pictures by A. Pliadis




Updated on: 2013-01-11
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