The Royal Netherlands Army has deployed Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 self-propelled howitzers to Lithuania for the first time as part of the German-led NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) battlegroup, the Dutch Ministry of Defence announced on its website. The SPHs will spend half a year in Lithuania, mainly to exercise and exchange experience with the Lithuanian army, the ministry said.
NATO has increased its presence in the east by forming an alliance group with EFP and Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. This alliance, led by Britain, Canada, Germany and the USA, forms the transatlantic power of NATO in a multinational and combat-ready manner.
The Netherlands provides up to 270 troops for the EFP in Lithuania under German command and based at Rukla.