The core element of NATO VJTF is presently fulfilled by the Polish 21st Mountain Brigade. Reinforced by a Spanish and a Czech Battalion, these troops will deploy to Lithuania beginning on 30th October in what the military calls a Deployment Exercise. The aim is to train the capability of the Force to move to a designated area in a certain timeframe and be ready to fulfil its tasks once there.
Thereby, NATO demonstrates its responsiveness within its area of operation by practicing a complex deployment operation run by the VJTF in cooperation with local and regional partners. Further, the exercise constitutes a practical demonstration of NATO’s capability and readiness.
By choosing Lithuania as the area of deployment, NATO clearly demonstrates its solidarity with its eastern flank partners in Europe.
The exercise shall also serve as an example that NATO is capable of operating professionally even in times of global pandemic. Precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus will be taken and restrictions of the host nation respected.
NATO is committed to transparency and risk reduction. This exercise was long-planned and announced well in advance. NATO respects its international obligations with regard to military exercises. Brilliant Jump 2020 has been notified to the OSCE.