Ambassador Duchêne met with the French troops deployed in eFP (26-27 July) [fr]

Ambassador Duchêne travelled to Lithuania on 26 and 27 July 2018 to meet with the French troops deployed as part of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP).

Discussion avec le lieutenant-colonel Rémi, commandant du détachement français
Discussion avec le lieutenant-colonel Rémi, commandant du détachement français
Crédits : Etat Major des Armées
L'Ambassadrice et son homologue lituanien rencontrent des officiers du bataillon multinational
L’Ambassadrice et son homologue lituanien rencontrent des officiers du bataillon multinational
Crédits : Etat Major des Armées
Cérémonie devant les VBCI français
Cérémonie devant les VBCI français
Crédits : Etat Major des Armées
Présentation d'un mortier de 81mm
Présentation d’un mortier de 81mm
Crédits : Etat Major des Armées
Présentation d'un missile anti-char Milan3
Présentation d’un missile anti-char Milan3
Crédits : Etat Major des Armées
Essai d'une jumelle félin de vision nocturne
Essai d’une jumelle félin de vision nocturne
Crédits : Etat Major des Armées
Discussion avec un soldat français du détachement Lynx IV
Discussion avec un soldat français du détachement Lynx IV
Crédits : Etat Major des Armées

S.E. Ms Duchêne made a two-day visit to Lithuania at the invitation of her Lithuanian counterpart, Ambassador Leskevicius. She met with various personalities from the Lithuanian presidency and ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs, as well as with the personnel of the NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU) in Vilnius.

She also traveled to Rukla to meet with the multinational battalion deployed in the framework of NATO’s eFP, in particular the 300 French soldiers from the Lynx IV detachment. This meeting was an opportunity to exchange with the soldiers on their experience within the battalion and to discover their equipment, oncluding the 4 Leclerc tanks. The French deployment has now started its disengagement from Lithuania, before being deployed again in Estonia in 2019.

Learn more about the French contribution to eFP

France has been deploying troops as part of the eFP since April 2017. The eFP is a defensive and proportionate mission which aims to reduce risks and thus contribute to the security of the Eastern flank of the Alliance. After nine months in Estonia in 2017 this deployment, called Lynx, shifted to Lithuania in January 2018 for an eight-month term.

At the Warsaw Summit in July 2016, Allies decided to establish an enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltic States and Poland to demonstrate their "solidarity, determination, and ability to act by triggering an immediate Allied response to any aggression". This defensive and proportionate presence helps strengthen the Alliance’s defense and deterrence posture and contributes to collective security. Since 2017, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland have been hosting NATO multinational battlegroups.

This deployment is complementary to the reinsurance measures to which France also contributes, and demonstrates the solidarity and reliability of our country in a context of high-level operational commitment.

Dernière modification : 07/08/2018

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