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2015.09.08 13:45

US military equipment arrives at the Klaipėda Seaport

Algirdas Acus2015.09.08 13:45

A new rotation of the US soldiers, deployed in Lithuania with heavy combat equipment, has arrived and will take on their shift next week.

A new rotation of the US soldiers, deployed in Lithuania with heavy combat equipment, has arrived and will take on their shift next week.

The rotating US contingents have been deployed in the Baltic States and Poland since spring 2014, as part of the Operation Atlantic Resolve, a reassurance to NATO allies of US commitments to collective defence in the context of Russia's aggression in Ukraine.

The first group of the US soldiers arrived Sunday evening, while the main component is expected to join within next few days.

“Alongside the military personnel of the Lithuanian Land Force, they will be attending combined training events and improving interoperability”, the Ministry of Defence reports.

Lithuania is providing full Host Nation Support to the rotating US forces.

US soldiers have brought heavy combat equipment, among which are Stryker multi-purpose armoured wheeled personnel carriers.

The US military presence will be maintained in Lithuania until the end of this year, but Lithuania seeks to have the rotating US military presence in its territory longer.

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Vs of American equipment unloaded in Klaipeda port

Soundbite (Lithuanian)

Captain ERVINAS TYLERTAS, representative of the Lithuanian Army, Movement Control Centre:
It is an American equipment from Kiel port in Germany – about 150 units of equipment. As you can see it is armoured wheeled military vehicles and other transportation equipment.

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