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Lithuanian Duke Vaidotas Forward Support Battalion soldiers in the NATO Response Force

     On January 1, 2010, the trilateral Baltic Battalion (BALTBAT), manned by Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian troops entered the 14 rotation of the NATO Response Force (NRF-14) and finished their service six months later. The trilateral Baltic Battalion was led by Lithuania. The BALTBAT was comprised of military elements from Lithuania and Estonia, and staff personnel from Latvia. Lithuania assigned two mechanized infantry companies: Headquarters Company and Logistic Support Company from Lithuanian Duke Vaidotas Forward Support Battalion. Previously, soldiers of this battalion conducted their duty in NRF-11 rotation.
BALTBAT, or NRF-14, was on duty for a half-year rotation. NRF is a high readiness technologically advanced NATO force that includes land, air, sea and special operations components.
NATO members assign their units to the NRF for a six-month period. During the stand-by period, NRF units stay in their countries and after having taken the decision to employ NRF, they, as a part of collective defence, are available for rapid deployment to the area of operation.

Moments from the evaluation exercise "Baltic Eagle" in Adazi, Latvia:

   

Lithuanian Duke Vaidotas Forward Support Battalion soldiers in the European Union Battle Group

       On January 1, 2010, Lithuanian troops started carrying out a six-month standby in the European Union rapid reaction battle group (EUBG) and finished their service six months later.
Lithuanian contingent contributed a motorized infantry company with a support platoon from Lithuanian Duke Vaidotas Forward Support Battalion.
Battle groups are high readiness multinational forces that can be rapidly deployed and sustained in the theatre of operations. EUBG is intended to be deployed within 5-10 days and must be sustainable for at least 30 days, which could be extended to 120 days. The battle group can be deployed to any location beyond the borders of the EU at 6-thousand- kilometer radius around Brussels.


EUBG battle group final evaluation exercise:

   
   

Servicemen of the Duke Vaidotas Forward Support Logistics Battalion in the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Afganistan

In 2005, Lithuania took a commitment to lead the ISAF PRT in the province of Ghowr in the west of Afganistan. Therefore, Lithuania plays an especially important role in the development of Afganistan. The main task of the PRT mission is to provide assistance to the Afgan authorities in order to extend their influence in the province, to ensure security and create conditions for a successful restoration of the province.
The Duke Vaidotas Forward Support Logistics Battalion provides forward logistic support to the Brigade's sub-units that carry out defence, stabilization and support operations within Lithuania and beyond its borders to meet national and/or international needs. Servicemen of the Vaidotas Forward Support Logistics Battalion have been participating in international operations in Afganistan since the day Lithuania took the aforementioned commitment.

 
   
   

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Updated on: 2016-03-21
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