On October 26 President of the Republic of Lithuania HE Gitanas Nausėda and King Philippe of Belgium observed international Exercise Iron Wolf 2022-II running at the General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė (Švenčionių dist.). The high guests learned about exercise objectives, viewed the weaponry and equipment and met with Belgian military personnel deployed with the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group.
One of the major international exercises held in Lithuania this year, Iron Wolf 2022-II began on October 17 to train 3500 service members from Lithuania and 9 other NATO allies and partners to conduct redeployment, defensive and offensive operations, share expertise in international environment and to solidify interaction with the higher command and allies.
The exercise involves nearly 700 military vehicles, including the German Leopard tanks, U.S. Abrams and Lithuanian Vilkas infantry fighting vehicles, and many more. It is a “force-on-force” training exercise where one battalion carries out the offensive against another, later the roles are switched. The exercise will wrap on October 28 and the troops and equipment will be redeployed to their regular service locations.
Iron Wolf takes place twice a year to maintain combat readiness of the Lithuanian Land Force Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf.
Info credits: Lithuanian Armed Forces.
Photo credits: Sgt Spc 1st Class Ieva Budzeikaitė.