On May 19 – 31 international Exercise Iron Wolf 2021 I was held by the Lithuanian Armed Forces Mechanized Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf at the Gaižiūnai Training Area (Jonava and Kaišiadorys areas).
The exercise certified readiness of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group (deployed in Rukla, Jonava region), Duke Vaidotas Mechanised Infantry Battalion, Logistics Battalion, and the Reconnaissance Company of the MIB Iron Wolf to interact with the MIB Iron Wolf command staff and other NATO allies and partners to execute tasks successfully. The exercise trained over 3000 participants from Lithuania and seven foreign countries.
“It is a pleasure to see the “the wolves” grow and become more sophisticated. This international exercise presents one more excellent opportunity to hone defensive and offensive actions, securing continuous supply, actions to take in case the enemy uses weapons of mass destruction, also, to strengthen interoperability among subunits and with the allies, and integrate new equipment and weaponry. Training conditions must be as close to real-life as possible in order to properly evaluate our level of readiness and what gaps should be filled by changing and improving so as to maintain combat readiness at high level,” Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys said during his visit to the exercise site.
“The best way of self-realization for the Brigade is to hone combat readiness at field training exercises. We are now the strongest we have ever been, the new weaponry and equipment we are getting amplifies the accuracy of our fire, our combat power and speed of maneuver. The already traditional international Exercise Iron Wolf proves that we are strong in a fight side by side with our partners and capable of conducting the full range of tactical tasks, and we can line up shoulder to shoulder in defence of our values if the need arises,” MIB Iron Wolf Commander Col Mindaugas Petkevičius said.
International Exercise Iron Wolf 2021 I is held annually to maintain the 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 foreign partners.
Information and credits: MIB Iron