Exercise IRON WOLF starts in Lithuania
Lithuanian soldiers with the Iron Wolf brigade are leading exercise IRON WOLF currently underway in Lithuania until Nov. 19, 2018. - NATO photo by eFP Battlegroup Lithuania
RUKLA, Lithuania - Brigade-level field
training exercise IRON WOLF is currently underway in Lithuania with 3,500
troops from 14 NATO and partner nations.
The Lithuanian Iron
Wolf brigade leads the exercise on the main training area of the Lithuanian
Armed Forces in Pabrade, some 140 km northeast of Vilnius. Besides Lithuanian,
eFP Battlegroup troops from Germany, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Belgium,
Luxembourg and Norway take part, along with troops from the United Kingdom,
Estonia, Italy, USA, Canada, Slovenia and Ukraine. The exercise is designed to
evaluate the readiness to plan and conduct military operations of the
Battlegroup together with one of the Brigade’s Lithuanian battalions.
The current rotation
of the eFP Battlegroup in Lithuania has previously finished several internal
training cycles and last month conducted the Battalion-level field training
exercise BEOWULF. Preconditions have therefore been created to participate in
the Brigade-level IRON WOLF exercise.
In this exercise,
planning and implementation of defensive operations and interoperability with
allies and partners will be trained. During the first week, the units will
conduct the integration of assigned formations. In the second week, the ‘force-on-force’
operations will take place, where units train to fight against each other.
Exercise IRON WOLF to train and evaluate the ability of our units to quickly
redeploy forces to any place in Lithuania and to carry out multinational defensive
operations. This is the biggest exercise this semester together with our
allies. We will train mobility, the ability to quickly reach any area to defend
it against any enemy in the territory in Lithuania," said Colonel
Mindaugas Steponavičius, Commander of the Lithuanian Mechanized Infantry Iron
concludes on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 with a Distinguished Visitors Day featuring
a live firing demonstration.
Story by enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Lithuania