Consisting of units at the highest level of readiness, VJTF is the spearhead of the NATO Response Force (NRF) structure. In 2023, the VJTF land forces are led by Germany, i.e. the 37th Mechanised Infantry Brigade (Panzergrenadierbrigade 37), and comprise around 11,500 troops from 9 NATO Allies: Belgium, Czechia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Slovenia.
In Latvia, the VJTF (L) delegation was helmed by the Commander, German Army Brigadier General Alexander Krone and the Deputy Commander, Royal Netherlands Army Colonel Tjeerd Blankestijn. During the tour, the participants visited the key reception and staging places, such as Lielvārde Air Base and Liepāja Port, and met with Latvian and Allied counterparts to analyse the challenges of the force deployment into the region. They learned about military infrastructure and capabilities, for example, how many cranes are available to off-load containers in ports and about the availability of hangers for helicopters’ maintenance.