EFP in Lithuania: Dutch soldiers arrive with their vehicles and equipment

Klaipeda, Lithuania, 23 March 2017
Dutch soldiers and their heavy equipment have arrived in Lithuania. There are around 60 vehicles on board the ship, including CV 90 infantry combat vehicles, Leopard 2 recovery tanks, Fennek wheeled armoured fighting vehicles and GTK Boxer armoured transport vehicles, as well as some 75 containers. Almost done – unloading the last of the vehicles Bild vergrößern Almost done – unloading the last of the vehicles (© Bundeswehr/Bumüller)

One vehicle after another leaves the cargo hold of the ship which entered the port of Klaipeda on Monday. At the same time, a large crane unloads the containers stacked on deck. “We are making good time,” says the Dutch soldier who is responsible for registering the vehicles as they are unloaded.

Working together quickly

Thanks to solid preparation by the Dutch, Belgian and German soldiers as well as the professional support provided by the dock workers, the ship is unloaded in less than two hours. Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Huber, Commander of enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Lithuania, says, “The arrival of our Dutch colleagues brings us another important step closer to our final operational capacity.” Being interviewed – Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Huber, Commander of enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup LTU, and his Dutch deputy, Major Ruud Lenoir Bild vergrößern Being interviewed – Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Huber, Commander of enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup LTU, and his Dutch deputy, Major Ruud Lenoir (© Bundeswehr/Bumüller)

Battlegroup building up

The vehicles are brought to Rukla on flatbed trucks and put in the prepared parking spaces. Most of the Dutch soldiers will arrive in the next few days and later participate in their first joint exercises with their Belgian, Lithuanian and German colleagues. From May onwards, Norwegian forces will complete the battlegroup.

This is a translation of an article by Heiner Bumüller published on www.bundeswehr.de