Flags flying in front of NATO Headquarters in Brussels

Key dates in 2017

Special Meeting of Heads of States and/or Government
25 May 2017Brussels

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German naval soldiers honoured with US Expert Field Medical Badge

Grafenwöhr, 20 April 2017 For two weeks, over 210 soldiers from eleven nations took part in one of the most difficult and prestigious examinations of the US army. Only a very few pass the exam. This t...


Girls'Day 2017 – Future Prospects for Girls

State Secretary Katrin Suder welcomes visiting schoolgirls to the Federal Ministry of Defence The Federal Ministry of Defence in Berlin will be among those marking the German Government’s Girls'Day...

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Enhanced Forward Presence: further reinforcements in place

Rukla, Lithuania, 11 April 2017 On the late evening of 30 March, 58 specialists of the CBRN defence corps from Bruchsal arrived at Kaunas airport. They were received by members of their advance party ...

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Persistent Presence 2017: air policing to go

Lielvārde Air Base, Latvia, 11 April 2017 The Bundeswehr’s 3 Tactical Air Command and Control Group is about to move over 800 tonnes of equipment and nearly 100 soldiers to Latvia. The unit is curr...

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Enhanced Forward Presence: map exercise

Rukla, Lithuania, 7 April 2017 The enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Lithuania has been practising delaying tactics as part of a week-long map exercise. All nations involved in the battlegroup too...

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VJTF exercise: Artillery units demonstrate their skills in Baumholder

Baumholder, Rhineland-Palatinate, 3 April 2017 The Munster-based artillery will be providing Germany’s contribution to the multinational artillery battalion of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Forc...

The multinational logistic support company’s cargo-holding tent.

Indispensable – the logistic support company of enhanced Forward Presence

Rukla, Lithuania, 22 March 2017 They work behind the scenes, making sure that engines keep running and sufficient spare parts and supplies are available – the enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Lit...

Chief of Defence

Chief of Defence visits German soldiers in Lithuania

Rukla, Lithuania, 27 March 2017 The German Chief of Defence, General Volker Wieker, travelled to Lithuania on 23 March to gain a first-hand impression of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence. After his...

Lieutenant Colonel Huber, the battlegroup commander, welcoming the Prime Minister to the Rukla barracks.

An important visitor: Lithuanian Prime Minister visits battlegroup

Rukla, Lithuania, 4 April 2017 Lithuania’s Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis visited the Iron Wolf Brigade and the enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Lithuania in Rukla on 28 March to gain an impre...

Commodore Axel Deertz

Interview with Commodore Deertz: “We provide a link”

For three months now, Commodore Axel Deertz has been in command of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 vessels in the Mediterranean. In line with a decision taken by the Alliance, parts of this SNMG2 f...

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Estonia at night: the smallest light can show the way

Ämari, Estonia, 10 March 2017 It is pitch dark at Ämari airbase. An icy wind batters the runway. Thick clouds cover the sky. Loud bangs and rumbling reveal that the Eurofighters are up in the air – b...

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Reinforcing enhanced Forward Presence: CBRN defence forces headed for Lithuania

Bruchsal, 14 March 2017 As of 28 March, part of a company of 750 CBRN defence batallion from Bruchsal will support enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) in Lithuania. Different support elements such as CBRN...

An eFP BG LTU detachment marching in formation through Jonava.

EFP Battlegroup soldiers participate in independence day festivities

Rukla, Lithuania, 15 March 2017 On 11 March 1990, Lithuania declared its independence from the Soviet Union. The enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Lithuania soldiers participated in numerous event...

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Enhanced Forward Presence: a joint show of strength

Rukla, Lithuania, 15 March 2017 All is quiet in the Rukla training area. There is good visibility across the extensive terrain. The sandy plain is criss-crossed with ditches and punctuated by small pa...

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Enhanced Forward Presence: infantry soldiers training in Lithuania

Rukla, Lithuania, 14 March 2017 The bulk of the German core of the enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Lithuania (eFP BG LTU) has been in Rukla since the beginning of March, together with its combat...

Lithuania: Bringing NATO soldiers good luck

Rukla, Lithuania, 9 March 2017  The first forces providing NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence have been in Lithuania since the end of January. There are now around 550 soldiers from three different cou...

Temporary headquarters: the nerve centre is operational

Rukla, Lithuania, 8 March 2017 Sunday evening in Rukla, Lithuania: While many people are enjoying the remainder of their weekend, the enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup solders have been busy in t...

Leopard and Marder combat vehicles arrive in Lithuania

Šeštokai, Lithuania, 24 February 2017 A rail shipment of 20 Marder infantry combat vehicles and six Leopard 2 battle tanks reached its destination on 24 February. With more than 400 soldiers as well ...

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Side by side - Lithuania celebrates Independence Day alongside NATO soldiers

Rukla, Jonava district, Lithuania, 21 February 2017 It was on 16 February 1918 that Lithuania, previously occupied by Russia and, during the First World War, by the German Empire, declared its indepen...

Enhanced Forward Presence: Infantry combat vehicles and battle tanks shipped to Lithuania

Twenty Marder infantry combat vehicles, six Leopard battle tanks and three recovery tanks are on their way to Lithuania. A total of around 120 containers and 200 vehicles have been shipped since mid-J...

Speech given by Federal Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen to open the 53rd Munich Security Conference alongside US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on 17 February 2017

Translation of advance text For the US Defense Secretary and the German Defence Minister to be opening this conference together is a good sign for the friendship between our countries. We stand her...

Munich Security Conference 2017

The 53rd Munich Security Conference took place from 17 to 19 February, attended by at least 28 Heads of State and Government, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and 80 Ministers for Foreign Affai...

Meeting NATO Defense Ministers

NATO Defence Ministers focus on close cooperation

Brussels, 15 February 2017 Ursula von der Leyen travelled to Brussels on 15 February to participate in a two-day meeting of NATO Defence Ministers. On the margins of the meeting, the first to be atten...

Projecting Stability: Germany contributed more than 7.1 million EUR to NATO Trust Fund projects in 2016

From its 2016 budget, Germany has made voluntary contributions of an overall sum of 7,133,500 € to a variety of Trust Fund projects in the NATO Partnership for Peace (PfP) context, for Ukraine and for...

“What we are seeing here to today – this is NATO”

Rukla, Lithuania, 7 February 2017 Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen joined Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaitė and Lieutenant-General Jonas Vytautas Žukas, commander-in-chief of the Lithuania...

Getting things moving – vehicles on the way for enhanced Froward Presence

Grafenwöhr, Bavaria, 2 February 2017 At the Grafenwöhr training area, the vehicles stand in a long row by the loading ramp. Everything that happens in the next few hours will be coordinated by one ma...

Enhanced Forward Presence: Starting to take shape

Rukla, Lithuania, 1 February 2017 Planning, sawing, hammering, tightening screws and hauling loads – the advance party of the Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Lithuania is keeping busy. There...

Lieutenant-Colonel Christoph Huber, the German Commander of the enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Lithuania, visited the NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU) in Vilnius on 26 January. An NFIU serves as the transatlantic Alliance’s link to a host country.

Enhanced Forward Presence: Commander visits NATO Force Integration Unit

Vilnius, Lithuania, 31 January 2017 Lieutenant Christoph Huber, the German Commander of the enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Lithuania, visited the NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU) in Vilni...

Lithuania: "every support" for German soldiers

Rukla, Lithuania, 27 January 2017 Lieutenant Christoph Huber has reported to the Iron Wolf brigade of the Lithuanian armed forces shortly after the arrival of his 17‑strong advance party. The first B...

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Enhanced Forward Presence: First German Soldiers arrive in Lithuania

Vilnius, Lithuania, 25 January 2017 The first German soldiers have arrived in Lithuania to help set up a multinational NATO battalion. They landed in the capital city of Vilnius in the early evening ...

First unit to Lithuania

First Unit for Lithuania

Oberviechtach, 18 January 2017 The first members of the NATO Battlegroup arrive in Lithuania at the end of January. Around 460 German soldiers form part of the unit, most of them provided by 122 Mech...

Thursday: pre-deployment parade in Oberviechtach

Oberviechtach, Bavaria, 17 January 2017 Not long to go now:  the first members of the Oberviechtach combat unit will deploy to Lithuania as part of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence at the end of Janu...

The Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany on the North Atlantic Council

Ambassador Lucas

Ambassador Hans-Dieter Lucas has been representing the Federal Republic of Germany on the North Atlantic Council and heading the Permanent Delegation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels since July 2015.