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Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanized Infantry Battalion

  

Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanized Infantry Battalion is deployed in Rukla, Jonava district. The battalion is equipped with cutting-edge equipment and armaments and is ready to conduct NATO Article 5 operations in Lithuania and outside its boundaries.

 

The history of Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanized Infantry Battalion dates back to 1 December 1991 when Vilnius Airborne Battalion was established. In August 1993 battalion was deployed to the Rukla base in Jonava district. The unit was bestowed with a combat flag with a slogan "May Love of Motherland Guide Our Way" in 1996.

 

Troops of Algirdas Battalion participate in international operations since 1994. From 2003 till 2008 battalion troops participated in multinational operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Iraq. Since 2005 Algirdas Battalion established PRT-3 and PRT-12 shifts in Lithuanian-led Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan, Ghor province. From 2010 Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanized Infantry Battalion is engaged in a stand-by periods of NATO Response Force.

 

In 2013 soldiers of Algirdas Battalion participated in the European Union-led efforts against piracy and armed robbery at sea Operation ATALANTA off the Somali coast. The Lithuanian troops forming the Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachment had been protecting a World Food Programme (WFP) chartered vessel delivering humanitarian assistance to Somalia from pirate attacks for 4 months.

 

The main task of the battalion is to conduct sustainable combat training and maintain high readiness of the units for the primary purpose of home land defense, also participate in NATO/EU led operations.

 

 

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Updated on: 2016-01-26
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