As with the two other Baltic countries they have conscription and to that professional soldiers that acts as instructors, and small Special Forces units. They have also sent small units outside their country, to take part in international exercises and operations. It has the largest military of the three Baltic countries (16 000 personnel in uniform with 40 000 reservists) but it´s very difficult to find any pictures on the net, so... here´s what I found:
Slightly larger than West Virginia,
population 3.6 million
As is the case with Latvia, the main equipment in some
batallions have been donated by Sweden. But in other units
Lithuania still uses for example Kalashnikovs.
94 M113´s donated by Germany, they also have a dozen BTR-60PB
and BRDM´s donated by Poland
Lithuanian soldiers from LITPOLBAT, a Lithuanian-Polish batallion
International operations are conducted in Balkans and Iraq. In April 2003, logistics and medical specialists went to Iraq, in June the first LITCON platoon from Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanized Battalion joined in. Six hundred eighty-eight soldiers from MIB IRON WOLF took part in missions. First lieutenant N. Valteris died on 17 April, 1996, in Bosnia.
Lithuanian soldiers in Hilla, Iraq
During ex Baltic Resolve
Capt. Andrzaj Stanek (right) instructs the Lithuanian soldiers of Training
Company 1 on routes to patrol the streets of the Military Operations in Urban
Terrain facility during Exercise Cooperative Osprey '98 on June 6, 1998, at
Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune
Lithuanian soldiers from Training Company 1 create a barrier in order to
control a mob of role playing outraged civilians as part of situational training
during Exercise Cooperative Osprey '98 on June 8, 1998, at Marine Corps
Base, Camp Lejeune
Finally found some high-quality photos from the Lithuanian Navy and Air Force So here they are:
Captain Tomas Skurdenis (right) advises a conscript how to tie up a
German-made minesweeper to the dock at the Lithuanien naval base in Klaipeda.
A Russian-made light fregate, of which Lithuania has two. The weapons and
communications systems of the Russian-built frigates are not sufficiently
NATO-compatible, although they can participate in the alliance' s joint exercises
on the Baltic Sea. F11 Zemaitis in the picture.
Thanks for posting - I was realy glad to see this pictures.
yeah, and our (Polish) guy even has an AK-47, propably to match the ammo requirments of the Lithuanian fellow soldiers. Polish soldiers like those usually use 5.56 x 45 NATO Beryl assault rifle. Is Lithuania going to 5.56mm standard?
propably to match the ammo requirments of the Lithuanian fellow soldiers. Polish soldiers like those usually use 5.56 x 45 NATO Beryl assault rifle.
Bull****, 7,62mm kbk AKM/AKMS is standart assult rifle of the Polish Army. 5,56mm kbk Beryl is used only by few best units (1 Pułk Komandosów z Lubrańca, 25 Brygada Kawalerii Powietrznej, 6 Brygada Powietrzno-Desantowa, 10 Brygada Kawalerii Pancernej and probably will be adopted by 3 Brigades on KTO "Rosomak") and by all soldiers on internacional missions. All other soldiers from armored, mechanized, engineering, artilery etc units are using AKM/AKMS.
Originally Posted by daily666
Is Lithuania going to 5.56mm standard?
They are in NATO now, they are obligated to do this.