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Chief of Defence of Norway thanked for the contribution to the security of Lithuania and the region

Chief of Defence of Norway thanked for the contribution to the security of Lithuania and the region

On October 6-8 Chief of Defence of the Kingdom of Norway General Eirik Johan Kristoffersen is conducting a visit to Lithuania. The guest has met with Minister of National Defence and Chief of Defence and is planned to visit Norwegian troops deployed with the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group Lithuania.

“We are grateful to Norway for your weighty contribution to the security of Lithuania and of the whole region. Your input into the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group is critical. The Norwegian servicemembers are notably professional and well-equipped, which is a significant contribution to the NATO eFP readiness. We also thank you for the meaningful assistance in the course of the NASAMS mid-range air defence systems acquisition project,” said Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas to the Chief of Defence of Norway.

The Lithuanian and the Norwegian Chiefs of Defence discussed regional security, as well as bilateral and multilateral cooperation. They also focussed on exercises that Lithuanian and Norwegian troops train in here in Lithuania and in other countries.

“Norway has always been a trustworthy, supportive regional partner, therefore I availed of this opportunity to express gratitude to General E. J. Kristoffersen for the manifold assistance to the Lithuanian Armed Forces, and to the security of Lithuania and the Baltic region at the same time. Norway is one of the countries that deploy the most troops to the NATO eFP Lithuania, they are also making a weighty input into the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states and constantly share experience during different exercises and training events,” said Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt Gen V. Rupšys.

Command Sergeant Majors of the Lithuanian and the Norwegian militaries also met bilaterally during the visit: CSM Remigijus Katinas and Norway’s Command Sergeant Major of the Defence Staff CSM Guttorm Bentdal discussed service and living conditions of the NATO eFP military personnel, the NCO situation, issues and education opportunities in their respective countries.

General E. J. Kristoffersen will also visit Norwegian military personnel serving at the NATO eFP Battle Group in Rukla: his delegation will meet with the command of the NATO unit and the Lithuanian Armed Forces Mechanized Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf, see the military equipment the Norwegian contingent operates and their living conditions, and talk to soldiers.  

The NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group Lithuania currently includes roughly 120 Norwegian servicemembers equipped with Leopard 2 A4 tanks and CV9030MkIII infantry fighting vehicles. This is the 10th Norwegian rotation since the deployment of the NATO eFP in early 2017.