May 18, the Mechanized Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf raised the alert level: international Exercise Iron Wolf 2021 I began to run on May 19 through 31. Exercise Iron Wolf 2021 I is held annually to maintain readiness of the Mechanized Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf and subordinate battalions and to certify interoperability of Brigade units with the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group (deployed in Rukla, Jonava region) and the Brigade command, as well as the readiness to complete tasks together.
The focus certification audience this year is the NATO eFP Battalion Battle Group, Duke Vaidotas Mechanized Infantry Battalion, Logistical Support Battalion, and the Reconnaissance Company of the Mechanized Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf.
Exercise participants will showcase their readiness to complete military operations, share bests practices in international environment, complete logistical operations, and will further hone interoperability among NATO allies.
In total, the exercise will involve around a thousand pieces of military equipment – tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, armoured vehicles, artillery guns, supply and command post vehicles – and over 3 thousand military personnel of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and 8 NATO allies. The vehicles will move by public roads in the area over the exercise duration, the training audience will use blank ammunition and pyrotechnics in the training areas.
Deployed in Lithuania since February 2017, the NATO eFP Battle Group has already rotated in over 12 thousand troops to train. Germany is the framework nation of the NATO eFP BG Lithuania. Field training and certification exercise Iron Wolf 2021 I not only certifies the cooperation between the NATO unit deployed in Rukla and the Lithuanian Armed Forces but also the end of the 9th NATO eFP BG Lithuania rotation. When the exercise wraps, the 9th rotation will redeploy home and the 10th rotation will come in.
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