German enhanced Vigilance Activity Brigade pre-assigned to Lithuania concludes readiness cycle, approx. 1000 servicemembers deploying to Lithuania for Exercise Griffin Storm

German enhanced Vigilance Activity Brigade pre-assigned to Lithuania concludes readiness cycle,...

As soon as Germany’s 41st Brigade completes the combat readiness cycle in Germany fully, the deployment to Lithuania will begin. Elements of the Brigade will move to the General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area (Švenčionys region) to train in bilateral Exercise Griffin Storm co-organised by the Brigade HQ, the Forward Command Element based in Rukla, and the Lithuanian Armed Forces, from June 21 to July 7. The exercise will drill defence of NATO Allies against hostile forces.

“Our objective is to become better in every exercise we conduct together, which means we also have to raise the level of complexity every time,” said Commander of the German Brigade Brig Gen Christian Nawrat.

Several days ago alert levels were raised at the Brigade units and preparations for the redeployment began. Beginning June 16, approx. 1000 servicemembers and 320 military vehicles will be moved by road, ferry, air and railway. The exercise will bring together Germany’s Panzergrenadierbataillon 411, military engineer and reconnaissance units, and the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Infantry Battalion to plan joint operations and rehearse combat tasks at field training exercise and live-fire training.

The exercise continues the cycle of joint training started on 4 September 2022 with the deployment of the Forward Command Element of the 41st Brigade. The enhanced Vigilance Activity Brigade plans and executes combat training with the Lithuanian Land Force: field training, force deployment and live-fire exercises are regularly held in Lithuania and Germany.

Photo credits: SSgt Spc Ieva Budzeikaitė | Lithuanian Armed Forces