Portuguese marines take part in “unprecedented” army in Lithuania


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The innovative concept of employing Marine Forces will be “tested and implemented in its entirety”.

The “unprecedented” ‘Light and Fast 2024’exercise began on Monday in Lithuania, where “the innovative concept of employing Marine Forces will be tested and implemented in its entirety”.

The information was shared by the Portuguese Navy in a statement, saying that this concept “is based on light and highly flexible forces, with high firepower and technological superiority, capable of carrying out distributed operations, with an emphasis on speed and exploiting the surprise effect”.

This concept has been implemented in the Marine Corps since the beginning of 2023. However, this will be “the first exercise that combines all aspects of it, employing a Marine Detachment, complete with three Combat Groups, reinforced by an Amphibious Assault Element, as well as the Special Operations capability, according to the Portuguese Navy’s new concept, encompassing the Special Actions, Combat Divers and Approach Elements”.

The Marine Force also has the support of Unmanned Aerial Systems to support all its actions.

The army will take place in the Klaipeda region, “where the Marine Force has been on mission since April 4”. It will culminate in this final test, “where all its capabilities, which have been tested and perfected over three demanding months, will be put to the test”.

The exercise also includes the participation of various units from the Lithuanian Navy, Army and Air Force. In all, around 250 military personnel are involved, “testing the entire Command, Control and Communications component between Allied forces, contributing to the joint effort within the NATO Assurance Measures mandate”.

Iris Lavan
Iris Lavan
With a background as a consultant in the medical industry, Iris Lavan brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Portugal Pulse. Iris also runs a company in Tel Aviv offering marketing, business development, content creation and public relations services. She holds a degree in economics and management, giving her a solid grounding in business strategy and financial planning. Iris' commitment to Portugal Pulse is reflected not only in her consulting career, but also in her impact on the Portugale media landscape in Israel. She was an interviewer for Hadshot Portugal חדשות פורטוגל, a media outlet that broadcasts news about Portugal in Hebrew, where she provided valuable information on current affairs, healthcare and the economy. Since July 2023, Iris has also been part of the Portugal Pulse team.

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