eFP Battlegroup participates in Exercise Namejs 2018
Lithuania - The Czech contingent from the enhanced
Forward Presence Battlegroup in Lithuania is back to base after participating in
Latvian exercise Namejs 2018 from Aug. 20 to Sep. 2, 2018.
For 2 weeks, 10,000 personnel from 13 NATO
nations took part in mobility training, readiness and interoperability. It was
the largest of its kind ever conducted in Latvia and took place in every region
of the country.
The Czech Mechanised Infantry Company brought
around 180 troops and 15 Pandur-II Infantry Fighting Vehicles from Rukla to
Latvia to take part in various exercise scenarios. Their mission included extensive manoeuvering
with vehicles all around Latvia, which proved to be a good test of the units’
"Like we predicted, the constant manoeuvering
from one place to another, which our role in the exercise required, was one of
our main challenges, but the troops did very well,” said Lieutenant Colonel Jiří Líbal,
commander of the Czech unit in Lithuania.
Colonel René Braun, commander of the eFP Battlegroup
in Lithuania, was pleased with the Czech participation in Namejs 2018. "This was the first time for the eFP Battlegroup to participate
with a whole company in an exercise outside Lithuania. On all levels, there
were a lot of lessons learned, especially in logistics and interoperability. In
the end, it was a great display of unity and cooperation within the Baltic
States and a common understanding of staying together and showing strength in a
powerful NATO mindset.”
Story by enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup