In June, troopers with NATO enhanced Ahead Presence (eFP) Battle Group Lithuania mastered their marksmanship expertise throughout a pleasant competitors. The occasion culminated with the choice of one of the best infantry group and one of the best shooters. The Finest Infantry Squad competitors was held in Lithuania, close to the city of Rukla. The annual tactical competitors was organized by the Lithuanian Armed Forces and included live-firing components. Right here, too, the purpose was not solely to pick one of the best group, however to additional the alternate of expertise between the totally different nationwide and worldwide models. Two groups of eFP Battle Group Lithuania took half within the competitors, amongst them a German group.

The groups consisted of seven people: a group chief, a deputy group chief, a medic, two machine gunners and one other two infantry troopers. The troopers had been geared up with full fight gear, weapons and 150 rounds of ammunition in addition to with a machine gun plus 120 rounds of ammunition. Along with crossing our bodies of water, the troopers confronted typical infantry duties. This included a map-and-compass orientation march, partaking in a firefight, camouflaging, knot-tying methods, radio communication, the relaying of data with out the usage of radios and totally different elements of first assist. The purpose was for the groups to finish a process inside the outlined time restrict. The groups should have arrived on the pre-defined location inside the time vary allotted for the duty.


Firing large-calibre weapons types a part of the infantry’s process spectrum / Picture by Bundeswehr

If a group was late or required extra time, this time could be taken off the general time allotted and the group would obtain fewer factors. Whoever earned essentially the most factors could be declared Finest Infantry Squad. This 12 months, a group from Lithuania topped the general rating. For the eFP Battle Group, Belgium got here in second and received the best-shooter and best-team-leader classes. Shortly after the choice of one of the best infantry groups, the snipers showcased their expertise. Throughout the Snipers’ Fest competitors, one of the best group consisting of a shooter and a spotter was chosen. The competitors was held on the Gaiziunai army coaching space close to Rukla the place the contestants fired rifles with a calibre of 5.45 mm to eight.6 mm.

Right here, too, the purpose was to be taught from the opposite groups and never simply to pick one of the best shooter. The comparability of the totally different approaches usually offers useful insights and will even assist to enhance expertise. The capturing competitors itself was unfold out over two days and befell at totally different ranges and at totally different distances. As one of the best group, the Norwegian Scout Snipers had been in a position to win all classes for the eFP. All these competitions have one factor in frequent: They additional the spirit of multinationality. Throughout all disciplines, the troopers attempt to be taught from one another, to expertise the range of the Battle Teams and to mitigate and to make use of range as a device to construct power in assist of the frequent goals.