President and Chief of Defence of Lithuania observed international exercise in Rukla

President and Chief of Defence of Lithuania observed international exercise in Rukla

After the successful execution of airdrop into Gaižiūnai Training Area for international Exercise Swift Response, servicemembers of the German-Dutch Air Assault Battalion transferred the responsibility for the area to Lithuanian and NNATO enhance Forward Presence troops training in Exercise Iron Wolf 2022-I.

This part of the Lithuanian Armed Forces’ and NATO allies’ training cycle certifies readiness to conduct defensive and offensive operations of integral units of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Mechanized Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf, NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group, King Mindaugas Hussar Battalion, Logistical Support Battalion, and an Air Defence Battalion battery. The exercise involves over 3,000 troops and 800 pieces of equipment from Lithuania and 10 other NATO allies.

“Even though the annual Exercise Iron Wolf is not as extensive in terms of numbers of participants this year, the geography of participants, including Australia observing the training for the first time, and the number of practicing units ensures and improves readiness in challenging multinational environment. Such exercises has direct and very tangible benefits,” said President of Lithuania HE Gitanas Nausėda after viewing the equipment deployed for the Exercise.

Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys thanked President for the unwavering attention to the Lithuanian Armed Forces, capability enhancement, and the Allies. The beginning training cycle ensures that the Lithuanian Armed Forces is ready to ensure the security of Lithuania’s territorial airspace, land and sea, while the assistance is also continuously rendered to Ukraine in parallel to it, both, material and in the form of expertise and experience. “Peace is the best and the only time for the military to train. Especially if we are talking about general procedures, compatibility of equipment and vehicles, and collective actions. I am grateful to the commanders and forces for professionalism,” Chief of Defence said.

International exercise Iron Wolf maintains the level of combat readiness of the MIB Iron Wolf and its battalions, and certifies the ability of its subunits to act in concert with the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group and foreign partners.


Photo credits: Sgt Spc 1st Class I.Budzeikaite