In Lithuania, the rotation of the battalion of the American army was extended.
The U.S. Air Force fighters landed on Thursday at the Lithuanian Zokniai airbase, and the rotation of the heavy battalion of the American army stationed in Lithuania has also been extended. This was reported by the Ministry of Defense of the Baltic Republic.
“This is an adequate reaction of the United States to the fighting in our neighborhood. The military presence of the United States and other allies in the Baltic States and Poland is the main deterrent in the region,” Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas said in a statement.
According to the Ministry of Defense, F-35 fighters landed at the Zoknai Airbase. As indicated by the agency, they will join the mission to protect the airspace of the Baltic States, which NATO members, usually changing in four months, carry out from the Zoknai air bases in Lithuania and Emari in Estonia. “F-35 fighters will strengthen the air patrol of the Polish, Danish and Belgian Air Forces,” the agency said. It noted that the F-35 will be based in Emari. The number of fighters is not called. As a rule, NATO members delegate four combat aircraft to the mission.
According to the Ministry of Defense, the rotation of the U.S. Army battalion, which is stationed near the central training ground of the Lithuanian army in Pabrad, near the border with Belarus, is being extended.
“The United States has made an important decision to extend the rotation of the 3-66 armor heavy battalions,” the military department reported. The battalion is armed with Abrams tanks and Bradley infantry fighting vehicles.