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Danish soldiers participate in a long-term exercise as part of NATO Assurance Measures

14.11.2014  09:38
As a part of the NATO Assurance Measures upon which it has been agreed between the NATO countries’ heads of government in Wales this autumn, the Danish Army is sending a force to Lithuania to participate in a long-term exercise.

The purpose is to train the ability to deploy forces in another NATO country, as well as to train in joint procedures and practices with units of a host country.

The force that will participate in the exercise is made up by the Reconnaissance Battalion stationed in Bornholm and consists of The 2nd Light Recce Squadron and support units from other branches in the Army. The Danish contribution is led by The 1st Brigade that is based in Haderslev. The Force participating in the exercise consists of 158 men.

The exercise will focus on the ability to deploy over long distances by sea and land roads, as well as to practice the methods and procedures together with the Lithuanian units. The force will be deployed from Bornholm on the 18th of November to the Rukla base, a base town close to Kaunas in Central Lithuania.

Here reconnaissance soldiers will conduct a series of joint training activities together with Lithuanian colleagues and partners for a period lasting till mid-December.

The exercises will contain the classical reconnaissance disciplines, such as reconnaissance of roads and area reconnaissance, and performing monitoring tasks within the framework of combat operations.

The Danish Army are sending experienced soldiers to participate in the exercise. The 2nd Light Recce Squadron is a unit with a solid experience gained from deployments in Afghanistan, where the unit solved reconnaissance tasks in the Afghan desert. Now, these experiences are brought into play by practicing deployment in operations in the area, along with reconnaissance units from the host country Lithuania.

The goal of the NATO Assurance Measures is to introduce a series of military measures to reinforce the Alliance’s collective defence in, among others, the Baltic countries.

The measures include helping to build up the ability to deploy and use land forces in cooperation with the NATO partners.

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