On September 14 M1 Abrams tanks and Bradley infantry fighting vehicles of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, currently deployed in Poland, were unloaded at Pabradė Railway Station. The units will be training at Gen. Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė until the end of September alongside troops of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf, Lithuanian Armed Forces, and the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group.
Troops will train a range of tactical actions (reconnaissance, attack, etc., including using live fire and guns of armoured personnel carriers and tanks. The exercise will also test possibilities of deployment of NATO allies in Lithuania.
“We can state that deployment of tanks and armoured vehicles from Poland to Lithuania via railway went smoothly, moreover, we have identified a number of things that will help us be even more effective with our time in the future. Railway stations here in Lithuania had all equipment and infrastructure we needed so our heavy equipment was moved almost three times faster than the previous times onto the readied waggons and to the training site in Rukla,” 1st Lt Leigha McGrady representing the Battalion said.
The objective of this exercise is to assess the conditions for tactical training with live fire using inert heavy equipment ammunition at the newly installed multifunctional firing range at Gen. Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The firing range suitable for up to 3-kilometer inert ammunition (including tank) firing distance was installed at the training area at the end of the summer earlier this year.