The remaining military equipment to be deployed in the German-led NATO battalion in Rukla, Lithuania, has left Germany for Lithuania on Tuesday.
German troops
© Reuters / Scanpix

A train with 30 German infantry fighting vehicles Marder, six heavy battle tanks Leopard 2 and six armored repairs and evacuation machines were seen off from the Grafenwöhr military base in Bavaria on Tuesday afternoon. The equipment will be stationed in the Rukla-based International NATO Battalion, which is being set up in response to Russian policies towards Eastern Europe. The first group of German troops arrived in Lithuania back in late January .

Lithuania's army representatives confirmed to BNS that the train will bring all the planned combat equipment – up until now, the battalion only received the gear needed for logistics and staff, including a few non-combat armored vehicles Boxer.

The German-led battalion is one of NATO's four combat groups being deployed in the Baltic states and Poland. The battalion in Estonia will be headed by the United Kingdom, while those in Latvia and Poland will be led by Canada and the United States, respectively.

About 300 of the planned 450 German troops are already in Rukla, central Lithuania, who will be joined by forces of Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, France and Croatia.

Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Seimas panel head to propose to raise intelligence body funding by EUR 4 mln - media

Vytautas Bakas , chairman of the Seimas Committee on National Security and Defense , will propose to...

Fake news on 'NATO plans to attack Belarus' planted on Lithuanian news website - media

A fake news story alleging that NATO is planning to attack Belarus was planted on Kas Vyksta Kaune...

Lithuanian troops to be decorated after Mali deployment

Lithuanian soldiers of the 1st Territorial Unit, Dainava Military District, National Defense Volunteer...

Seimas allows Lithuania to send more troops to international operations

Lithuania will be able send more troops and civilians to international operations in the next two years.

NATO jets scrambled once to accompany Russian plane over Baltics

Fighter jets stationed in the Baltic states as part of NATO 's Baltic air policing mission were...