Eight Lithuanian troops leave for NATO operation in Afghanistan

Afghanistan

Eight Lithuanian troops are leaving for NATO's Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Friday.

The troops from the Deployable Communications and Information Systems Module (DCISM) of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas Headquarters Battalion will be deployed to Afghanistan for four to six months to ensure communication and information systems support for units involved in the operation.

This is the third time in the past several years that a DCISM group has been deployed to international operations in Afghanistan. The module's troops have also served three rotations in NATO's Operation Active Fence in Turkey and once in the Alliance's peacekeeping mission in Kosovo (KFOR).

The DCISM is the only company-sized unit of the Lithuanian Armed Forces assigned to NATO forces on a permanent basis.

Around 20 Lithuanian troops are currently serving in Afghanistan.

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