Allies visit Lithuanian troops on preparation for international Exercise Allied Spirit 2023

Allies visit Lithuanian troops on preparation for international Exercise Allied Spirit 2023

On January 17 Allied battalion commanders paid a visit to FTX Brave Griffin 2023 of the Lithuanian Land Force Lithuanian Great Hetman Karolis Chodkevičius Infantry Brigade Griffin. Their units will be executing planned operations in subordination of the Infantry Brigade Griffin during the international Exercise Allied Spirit in Germany.

“It is worthwhile to note that we continue building on the relations with American units not just here in Lithuania but also those we might have to fight side by side with. Upcoming Exercise Allied Spirit is one of the stages in our efforts to ensure the common readiness. Not just the staff but also the battalions are training with the Allies,” s Infantry Brigade Griffin Commander Col Aurelijus Alasauskas explained the importance of the exercise.

Command and training troops of the Infantry Brigade Griffin were visited by the U.S. 3-6 Air Cavalry Squadron, 1-63 Armor Battalion, 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1-14 Field Artillery Battalion Commanders and the 1st Battalion, Polish 7th Pomeranian Coastal Defence Brigade Commander. Meeting with Commander U.S. 16th Sustainment Brigade Col Angel R. Estrada was a special highlight of the visit. The U.S> brigade is a critical Allied unit that enables facing numerous logistical challenges.

Exercise Brave Griffin 2023 running in Western Lithuanian on January 16–20 is a part of combat readiness cycle ahead of the major international exercise this year, Allied Spirit 2023 in Germany. The exercise tests the ability of Infantry Brigade Griffin to deploy command posts in designated locations, train the ability of subordinate battalion commands to provide C2 operating in specific areas. Lithuanian troops are training in the exercise alongside U.S. and Polish Allies.

Information credits: Lithuanian Armed Forces

Photo credits: IB Griffin