Certification exercise of Chaghcharan PRT-17 in Lithuania in progress

On March 25, a five-day tactical field exercise began in the Kazlu Rudos Training Area in Lithuania to test the readiness of the 17th rotation of the Lithuanian-led Provincial Reconstruction Team of Ghor province (Afghanistan). This is the last PRT rotation that Lithuania will deploy to Ghor, it will hand over the responsibility for security in the province to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), the Defence Ministry said in a report.

Troops from Ukraine who will be serving with the PRT-17 also train in the exercise along their Lithuanian colleagues.

The Distinguished Visitors and Media Day on March 27 will be attended by Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Arvydas Pocius, other representatives of the Ministry of National Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces, and other guests.

The exercise is intended to put to test readiness of the PRT-17 to carry out various tasks - patrolling, evacuation, countering an attack, neutralisation of explosive devices, communication with local population, representatives of local administration and various international organisations, etc.

The final PRT shift is planned to be deployed in May.

The Lithuanian-led Provincial Reconstruction Team ensuring security in the province of Ghor of Afghanistan is a joint civilian-military mission, a part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) that was launched in 2005.