Battle groups cooperate across Baltic borders
Service members with the Czech contingent of the NATO enhanced Forward Battle Group Lithuania prepare for their journey to Latvia. (Courtesy photo)
contingent of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battle Group, roughly
180 troops and their 15 Pandur-II Infantry Fighting Vehicles, made the journey
north from Rukla, Lithuania to Latvia to take part in Exercise Namejs 2018.
Namejs 2018 is the largest military exercise ever organized by the Latvian Armed Forces and features approximately 10,000 participants from 13 NATO Allies. The exercise is scheduled from August 20 to September 2.
The training includes war games where friendly and opposition forces manoeuvre through multiple locations in Latvia.
will be one of our major challenges,” says Lt. Col. Jiří Líbal, commander of
the Czech unit in Lithuania. "Road movements with the Pandurs every day to a
different location will be a logistics challenge, but I am sure that it will go
well and it will prepare us well for future exercises and operations.”
Colonel Líbal, the participation in Namejs 2018 is an excellent opportunity to
demonstrate the capabilities of the Czech unit. "It is also a great way to
display unity and cooperation between the eFP Battle Groups in collectively
safeguarding the security of NATO nations.”
The NATO eFP
Battle Group in Lithuania was established in 2017 and is led by framework
nation Germany, which consists of 1200 troops from eight NATO member states.
The eFP Battle Group in Latvia is led by framework nation Canada and has a
similar number of troops, also from eight NATO member states.