On October 29 - November 7 one of the biggest NATO exercises held in the region this year, Exercise Brilliant Jump 2020, will take place in a part of Lithuania's territory. It will test readiness of the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) to carry out its mission.
It is an annual readiness test exercise held in NATO allies on a rotating basis, sponsored the Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFCBS) (the Netherlands).
NATO Exercise Brilliant Jump 2020 has been planned well in advance and it is a defensive drill. It is not related to the political development seen in the region in the recent months. The training event is planned to involve over 2.500 soldiers and approx. 600 military vehicles of different types.
"This presents a significant challenge to us as the host nation support force, to forces on standby for the VJTF, and other participants of the exercise - and a significant opportunity to hone our interoperability with allies and perfect the existing procedures, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Valdemaras Rupšys says about the meaning of the exercise.
According to the Chief of Defence , when Exercise Brilliant Jump 2020 wraps, a part of the NATO equipment and personnel will deploy back to the homebases, and the remaining part will join the annual national Lithuanian Armed Forces field training exercise, Iron Wolf, and depart Lithuania after it ends.
International Exercise Brilliant Jump 2020 will train Czech, Polish and Spanish units on standby for the VJTF to conduct alert deployment.
Lithuania notified the Defence Attaché of Belarus and the Ministry of Defence o Belarus about the exercise back in early September in order to promote transparency and trust. Also, Lithuania announced the upcoming exercise through the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) channels on September 24, and delivered a report on the matter at an OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation session on September 30 on a voluntary basis.
The core of the 2020 rotation of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force consists of the 21st Podhale Rifle Brigade with supporting assigned forces from the 12th Mechanised Division, 3rd Transport Aviation Wing, and armed forces of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Turkey, and the UK.
Land force training portion of Exercise Brilliant Jump 2020 coincide with All Saints and the eve in Lithuania , therefore Lithuanian and NATO forces will do everything possible to prevent intense military traffic from disturbing civilian traffic.
The exercise is organised strictly in line with all COVID-19 precautions.
PAO of the Defence Staff, Lithuanian Armed Forces, Capt Andrius Dilda, +370 686 28035.
Information and photo (illustrative image) credits: Lithuanian Armed Forces