On May 1-14 military personnel and M-113 armored vehicles of Duke Vaidotas Infantry Battalion, Lithuanian Armed Forces Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf, trained in international exercise Arrow 23 at the Pohjankangas firing and exercise range in Finland. The exercise strengthened battlefield interoperability in mechanized units.
The exercise trained the total of 2200 military personnel, including over a thousand of Finnish conscripts and approx. 850 Allied troops from the armies of Estonia, United States, United Kingdom, Latvia and Lithuania. The training is conducted with approx. 400 military vehicles, such as the Warrior IFVs (on behalf of the UK), Pasi armored vehicles (Latvia), M113 (Lithuania), CV90 (Estonia), Bradley and Abrams (United States). The exercise is conducted with air support operations by Air Force capabilities.
The first week of training was a field training exercise, while the second week focused on live fire training of mechanized units. The military personnel training on Finland’s behalf are mostly conscripts, which gives them an excellent opportunity to hone skills alongside Allies.
Photo credit: Sgt Spc 1st Class Tomas Kavaliauskas.