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Vice Chief of Defence of Germany paid a visit to the Defence Staff

Vice Chief of Defence of Germany paid a visit to the Defence Staff

On February 5 Deputy Inspector General of the Bundeswehr Vice Admiral Joachim Georg Ruhle paid a visit to the Lithuanian Armed Forces Defence Staff. The guest was welcomed by Chief of the Defence Staff Maj Gen Gintautas Zenkevičius.


The Generals discussed security situation in the region, Lithuanian troop contributions to international operations, and activity of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battalion Battle Group in which Germany is the framework nation. Chief of the Defence Staff thanked for the active participation of the German Armed Forces in ensuring security of NATO's eastern flank and stressed that the persistent presence of NATO allies in Lithuania and the region was a strong signal of deterrence to potential aggressors.


Head of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Strategic Communication Department Lt Col Eugenijus Lastauskas briefed the guests on the situation in information space of Lithuania and Lithuania's countermeasures against hostile information influence, as well as the experience of the Lithuanian Armed Forces in the area.


Vice Chief of Defence of Germany Vice Admiral Joachim Georg Ruhle praised the Lithuanian-German cooperation across different level and force training and in the areas of weaponry and equipment procurement. He also underscored that Lithuanian and German military personnel had perfected interoperability over the few previous years and understood each other significantly better.


While in Lithuania, the General will also visit the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group and view the refurbished infrastructure at the Pabradė central training area.


Lithuania and Germany are connected by a particularly successful and fruitful military cooperation. Germany has already deployed ten rotations of the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states since 2004. Germany is also assisting Lithuania in upgrading our Armed Forces and military equipment, took the role of leadership in the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group and actively assembled forces of other allies. Last year the Mechanized Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf into which the NATO eFP Battle Group is integrated was affiliated to a German division in order to ensure better interoperability which is vital for an effective national defence.

PAO for the Defence Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Capt Andrius Dilda,
+370 5 219 6401, +370 686 28035,
andrius.dilda@mil.lt


Photo credits: Capt Andrius Dilda