Eleventh rotation of PRT starts training for mission in Afghanistan

Eleventh rotation of PRT starts training for mission in Afghanistan



On January 22 the first phase of pre-mission training before duty in the 11th rotation of the Lithuanian-led Ghowr Provincial Reconstruction Team will end for Lithuanian Grand Duke Kęstutis Motorised Infantry Battalion (Tauragė Distr.) troops.


First training phase brushes individual combat skills in Klaipėda, Lithuanian Grand Duke Butigeidis Training Battalion. The course will be followed collective training.


PRT-11 is formed on the basis of Kęstutis Battalion with part of military personnel and military medics coming from Lithuanian Land Force and Air Force, and Military Medical Service.


PRT-11 led by Commander of Kęstutis Battalion Lt. Col. Gintaras Smaliukas are planned to depart from Lithuania in May to replace PRT-10 based on the Lithuanian National Defence Volunteer Force after have completed their half year of duty in Ghowr.


Lithuanian-led PRT took up responsibility for security in the province in June 2005. PRT is a joint military-civilian mission operating under International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Its main task is to help Afghan Central Government extend its authority in the province, and to ensure security and environment suitable for provincial reconstruction.


Lt. Jurgis Norvaiša, Kęstutis Battalion.