Luxembourg participates in the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence in Lithuania during the second half of 2017
Following the events in Ukraine, decisions to address the security concerns of the Allies were taken at the NATO Summits in Wales and Warsaw.
In Warsaw, NATO committed inter alia to maintaining a multinational military presence in the eastern and southeastern parts of Alliance territory. In the context of this Enhanced Forward Presence, four multinational battalion-size battlegroups will be deployed on a rotational basis in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.
Luxembourg will participate in the deployment to Lithuania during the second semester of 2017. From 1 July 2017, and for six months, the Luxembourg army will contribute a transportation squad to the multinational battalion led by Germany, of which Belgian and Dutch troops will also be part.
The Grand Duchy will also contribute satellite capacity to the battalion operating in Lithuania. Four members of the Luxembourg army specialized in information and communication systems (SatCom) will install a satellite link between the command post of the battalion in Rukla and the Bundeswehr’s operational headquarters in Potsdam in Germany.
During the second half of 2018, a reconnaissance squad will be integrated into a German company.