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2015.09.08 13:45

US battle tanks arrive in Lithuania

Algirdas Acus2015.09.08 13:45

Part of the US heavy military equipment that will be used in training with Lithuanian troops has been delivered to the Gaižiūnai railway station in the district of Jonava, in central Lithuania.

Part of the US heavy military equipment that will be used in training with Lithuanian troops has been delivered to the Gaižiūnai railway station in the district of Jonava, in central Lithuania.

A new shift of rotating US forces, around 150 troops, are bringing with them about 20 vehicles, including five M1A2 Abrams battle tanks, which will be deployed in Rukla.

US military have been deployed on a rotating basis in Lithuania, since the spring of 2014.

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ALMANTAS LEIKA, Major-General, Chief of Lithuanian Land Forces:
These tanks of rotation groups are certainly new opportunities for our soldiers and units to train and to reach a higher level, when it comes to operations including tanks. This is one thing. Another thing is that we see our American counterparts’ commitment and solidarity with Lithuania.

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