Netherlands deploys PzH 2000 SPHs to Lithuania for first time

The Royal Netherlands Army has deployed Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) 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 on 15 January. The SPHs arrived on 14 January and will spend half a year in Lithuania, mainly to exercise and exchange experience with the Lithuanian army, the ministry said.

The PzH 2000s relieved a 220-strong company from 17 Pantserinfanteriebataljon Prinses Irene (Princess Irene Armoured Infantry Battalion). The Netherlands provides up to 270 troops for the EFP in Lithuania under German command and based at Rukla.

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