On June 8 Commander of the National Defence Volunteer Force, Lithuanian Land Force, Col Linas Kubilius met with Commander 2nd Battalion, Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, Lt Col Tom Kelly, Defence Attaché of the United Kingdom Maj Stephen Martin Gleisinger and other troops in Vilnius.
Commander NDVF discussed tasks specific to volunteer service, reviewed programmes of leader and specialist training, presented progress made on operational action execution. The British guests shared their experience of organizing exercises to foreign colleagues and presented the results of remote courses and IT integration in the military. Finally, the officers discussed prospects of bilateral cooperation and opportunities for the British to train in NDVF exercises.
According to the official British Army website, “The British soldier is the best piece of kit we've got but what they carry with them is part of the equation too. Whether they arrive by armoured vehicle, parachute or boat, British soldiers are trained to operate anywhere in the world.” This training experience will certainly benefit Lithuanian volunteer forces.
The NDVF has already worked with the Royal Irish Regiment of the British Army: for a decade, 1997 – 2007, a British short training team would teach Lithuanian volunteer personnel various courses every year.
Information credits: NDVF
Photo credits: Cpl Vilius Džiavečka