Major General Heico Hübner, Commander of 1 Armoured Division, and Brigadier General Willer had a close-up view of the exercise conducted in the Altmark region. They were able to witness the battlegroup's level of proficiency first-hand. As the final 72-hour exercise drew to a close, Hübner remarked:
This training rotation at the Combat Training Centre was excellent. The well developed and demanding exercise scenarios were the culmination of the preparatory training undergone by 203 Tank Battalion.
Willer also praised the performance of the German unit during a "highly demanding final exercise", stating how impressed he was with the level of dedication, motivation and proficiency exhibited by the men and women of the unit. He also found that interaction within the multinational battlegroup worked surprisingly well, and he was certain that the initial difficulties usually experienced had already been overcome.
This summer, the battlegroup will deploy to the Lithuanian town of
Rukla, located approximately 100 kilometres northwest of the country's
capital Vilnius, for a six-month rotation. The cohesion and combat
effectiveness of the battlegroup, which is led by 203 Tank Battalion
based in Augustdorf, will be further enhanced during a series of
exercises and manoeuvres. The eFP mission serves to protect the Eastern
European states and deter threats against the Alliance's territory.
Since its inception in 2017, the battlegroup in Lithuania has been under