Tour completed for the French eFP troops deployed in Lithuania (August 2018) [fr]
The French troops deployed in Lithuania since January 2018 in the framework of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) have started their disengagement. From 2019, the Lynx detachment will be deployed again in Estonia where it was already engaged in 2017.
The 300 hundred French soldiers of the Lynx IV mission have started their disengagement from Lithuania where they were deployed since January 2018.
The end-of-mandate ceremony took place on August 7th in Rukla, in the presence of French and Lithuanian authorities as well as the multinational battlegroup. The French contingent was awarded Lithuanian military decorations and some soldiers received distinctive awards to thank them for services rendered during the mission.
Following cleaning operations and technical controls of materials and vehicles, the first military train left Lithuania on August 17th. The VBCIs and the Leclerc tanks as well as some VAB armored vehicles are now heading to France aboard the train. In total, 5 military trains will follow until August 29th to bring back the whole of French materials and vehicles.
From 2019, the Lynx detachment will be deployed again in Estonia where it was already engaged in 2017 from April to December 2017.
Source : Ministry of the Armed forces