On March 26 two weeks of intense planning procedures, manoeuvres, fighting and sweating has come to an end for military personnel of the Duke Vaidotas Mechanised Infantry Battalion, MIB Iron Wolf, Lithuanian Armed Forces, and the final task remaining is the journey home. The exercise, however, is not an unpleasant memory made and wished to be forgotten – it has made the participants feel grown as personalities after overcoming an important challenge in their lives and having gained invaluable experience and new useful skills.
International Exercise Crystal Arrow 2021 (Latvian: Kristāla bulta 2021) was held in the Adazi Training Area in Latvia and trained 1,700 soldiers from 13 countries, in total. The aim of the exercise is to carry out combat manoeuvres within a battalion in cooperation with allied units.
Vaidotas Battalion soldiers were completing tasks with fellow forces of Latvia, Germany, and the United States of America. It was an excellent opportunity to coordinate with NATO allies, plan and refine actions together throughout the exercise, from communications procedures to actions on the ground. On the margins, Vaidotas Battalion personnel also certified squads on the basis of designated tasks.
Participation in military exercises organised by NATO allies gives Lithuanian forces invaluable combat experience and ability to execute various operations in case they needed to defend the sovereignty of our country side by side with the allies.
Information credits: Vaidotas Battalion
Photo credits: Latvian Armed Forces, Vaidotas Battalion