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    US Forces to Conduct 9th Rotation in Lithuania - Defense Ministry

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    The United States Army will conduct its ninth rotation of around 260 troops after completing service in the Baltic nation of Lithuania this week, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defense said Wednesday.

    VILNIUS (Sputnik) – The US Army Europe’s (USAREUR) 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment will be stationed in central Lithuania’s Jonavos district with the Lithuanian Land Force’s Duke Vaidotas Mechanized Infantry Battalion, the ministry added.

    "US troops, having trained for 3 months in Lithuania, will return to their place of permanent deployment in Vilseke, Germany… It is planned that about 260 US troops will train in Lithuania until the end of June," the ministry said.

    The outgoing US troops conducted individual training of Lithuanian troops and took part in joint military exercises. The rotation is being carried out in Latvia, Estonia and Poland, in addition to Lithuania.

    USAREUR rotations date back to the spring of 2014 as part of the US-led NATO Operation Atlantic Resolve. US troops are embedded with the Mechanized Infantry Brigade "Iron Wolf" in the central Lithuanian town of Rukla.

    The town also hosts military equipment, including Stryker armored fighting vehicles, armored SUVs and trucks. Belgian, Danish, Luxembourger, Portuguese, Hungarian and German troops have also taken part in joint drills.

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