NATO Force Integration Unit in Lithuania
The key mission of the NFIU is to prepare for and then facilitate if needed the rapid deployment of the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) whose leading elements are ready to deploy to the conflict area within 48 hours to Lithuania.
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The NFIU in Lithuania will operate as an intermediate unit facilitating interoperability among national and the region-deployed allied forces. It will also contribute to enhance allied training and exercises, and liaison with NATO’s operational commands.
The staff of the NFIU will cooperate with national forces to identify traffic junctions, key logistical and other necessary infrastructure in the country, which will facilitate the quickest possible redeployment of NATO’s response forces into the Baltic region.
The NFIU in Vilnius will comprise roughly 40 military personnel, half of which will be provided by other allied nations. The international staff will comprise representatives from more than 10 NATO member states.
The NFIU in Lithuania is under command of Colonel (Danish Army) Peter Nielsen, Lieutenant Colonel (Lithuanian Land Force) Marius Dabkevičius is acting as deputy commander.