On June 4 a modern mobile modular housing camp Herkus, Host Nation Support project developed by the Lithuanian Armed Forces, was presented to Ambassador of the United States to Lithuania with delegation and Chair and members of the Committee on National Security and Defence of the Parliament at an event at Gen Silvestras Žukauskas Military Training Area. The guests met with the troops of the United States contingent and toured the camp which currently in the works.
Modular housing camp Herkus is set up for the United States military personnel as provided for in the Government Measures Plan, “to put in place all necessary infrastructure for the deployment, persistent presence and training of U.S. forces in Lithuania.” Its major mission is to ensure Host Nation Support to deploying forces.
Its purpose is to provide housing for up to 700 soldiers (and up to 1000 for the short term) for a period exceeding 3 months.
The mobile container camp will be built according to standards provided by the United States and accommodated to meet long-term housing requirements amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The camp has two main separated areas for accommodation and work, it can be divided into five areas with separate utilities in case of necessity. When finished, it will have accommodation and work space for troops, as well as welfare infrastructure.
Camp Herkus has a separate power plant system and canteen area, and a separate water borehole will be made soon too. The U.S. troops are planned to stay at the camp until stationary barracks are built in the Gen Silvestras Žukauskas Military Training Area.
The works began in February 2021 with the end date being in the end of the last quarter of 2022.
Information and photo credits: Lithuanian Armed Forces