Brunssum, The Netherlands
– Commander Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFC Brunssum), General Guglielmo Luigi Miglietta, visited the Franco-German Brigade during exercise BLAUEN EXPRESS in Lithuania.
This joint training focussing on the integration of forces from the Lithuanian Iron Wolf Brigade showcases the multinational cooperation that already exists within the Franco-German Brigade
In parallel to the NATO Summit taking place in Lithuania on 11 - 12 July, the Franco-German Brigade, operating under the German 10th Armoured Division, is conducting Exercise BLAUEN EXPRESS together with the Lithuanian Iron Wolf Brigade on the Gaižiūnai training area near Rukla. This exercise reflects Germany's and France’s evolving commitments within NATO and focuses on the rapid deployment of large-scale equipment, material, and personnel to Lithuania. The goal is to establish operational readiness across various capabilities in close collaboration with the Lithuanian partners.
The Franco-German Brigade initially deployed with a battalion-size element consisting of three companies and approximately 390 troops. It was further reinforced by a Lithuanian infantry company from the Iron Wolf Brigade, bringing the total strength to over 500 soldiers with 50 armoured vehicles.
During the exercise, a static and dynamic display of the brigade’s assets including life firing of different types of weapons took place.
After the demonstration, COM JFC Brunssum met and talked with the German, French and Lithuanian soldiers, praising them for their professionalism and dedication to the common goal, the defence of NATO’s Eastern Flank.
“This joint training focussing on the integration of forces from the Lithuanian Iron Wolf Brigade showcases the multinational cooperation that already exists within the Franco-German Brigade, further strengthening the interoperability among the NATO Allies”, General Miglietta stated.