- Title: LITHUANIA-NATO EXERCISES NATO troops stage Exercise Iron Sword
- Date: 6th November 2014
- Summary: PABRADE, LITHUANIA (NOVEMBER 5, 2014) (REUTERS) FLAGS OF COUNTRIES PARTICIPATING IN EXERCISE VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS TAKING PART IN EXERCISE SOUNDBITE (English) COMMANDER OF US 1 SQUADRON, 2 CAVALRY REGIMENT LIEUTENANT BRYAN BLAIR SAYING: "So, we're here training with international partners and allies to fill our commitments to NATO article 5. This exercises we planning to train interoperability with our partners and outcome is being able to communicate and fight together as one unit." US FLAG ON EPAULETTE VARIOUS OF ARMOURED VEHICLES TAKING PART IN EXERCISE GROUND TROOPS TANK SOUNDBITE (English) BATTLE GROUP "IRON" COMMANDER, UHLANS BATTALION COMMANDER LIEUTENANT COLONEL MANTAS PASKEVICIUS OF LITHUANIA SAYING: "Lithuanian Land Force conducting NATO scheduled bigger exercises in Lithuania "Iron Sword 2014".It is around 2500 participants taking part in this exercises from 9 different countries. Main aim of this exercises is to train interoperability among alliance nations and train conventional tasks." SOLDIERS DEPLOYING SOLDIERS FIRING SOLDIER CARRYING ROCKET LAUNCHER AND MACHINE GUN TAKING POSITION SOLDIERS FIRING GUNS TANK FIRING
- Embargoed: 21st November 2014 12:00
- Location: Lithuania
- Country: Lithuania
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVAAKZYZU74O16DHJ18K6JPIVPEZ
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- Story Text: More than 2500 NATO troops are taking part in exercises on two training grounds in Lithuania.
Nine countries have sent soldiers to train as part of Exercise Iron Sword, Czech Republic, Estonia, the U.S., UK, Canada, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary and Germany.
Originally the exercise was to have involved only Lithuanian troops but was expanded in response to the Russian actions in Ukraine.
U.S. officer Lt. Bryan Blair said the aim of the exercise was to be able to communicate and fight together as one unit.
About 2000 Lithuanian troops and 500 from the other NATO countries were using more than 300 combat vehicles in the two-week exercise.
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