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Covered in camouflage paint and packed into boats, watch these Portuguese marines (Fuzileiros) practise amphibious operations on a river in Lithuania.

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Portuguese marines (Fuzileiros) and navy divers have been practising skills and tactics in Lithuania.

The group are in the Baltic country for three months as part of NATO assurance measures, which comprise land, sea and air activities in and around the eastern part of the Alliance.

In this footage, they demonstrate amphibious operations on a river in Lithuania using a reconnaissance team followed by an amphibious assault team. The footage includes various shots of the Fuzileiros conducting river-based amphibious operations training, plus soundbites from Portuguese Marines Lieutenant Commander Robert Viola.

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(00:00) VARIOUS SHOTS (INCLUDING SLO-MO) – PORTUGUESE MARINE RECONNAISSANCE TEAM WITH WEAPONS IN LIGHT INFLATABLE BOATS (LIB) ON RIVER IN LITHUANIA DURING TRAINING EXERCISE
(00:24) VARIOUS SHOTS (INCLUDING SLO-MO) – PORTUGUESE MARINE RECONNAISSANCE TEAM GET INTO RIVER AND SWIM TOWARDS THE RIVER BANK
(01:09) VARIOUS SHOTS (INCLUDING SLO-MO) – PORTUGUESE MARINE RECONNAISSANCE TEAM GET OUT OF RIVER AND ONTO RIVER BANK
(01:41) VARIOUS SHOTS – PORTUGUESE MARINE RECONNAISSANCE TEAM CHANGE OUT OF WETSUITS
(01:52) VARIOUS SHOTS – PORTUGUESE MARINE RECONNAISSANCE TEAM MOVE THROUGH LITHUANIAN FOREST DURING TRAINING EXERCISE
(02:13) CLOSE UP – PORTUGUESE MARINE RADIOS COMMANDER
(02:20) VARIOUS SHOTS (INCLUDING SLO-MO) – PORTUGUESE MARINE ASSAULT TEAM PREPARE FOR RIVER OPERATION DURING TRAINING EXERCISE
(03:27) VARIOUS SHOTS (INCLUDING SLO-MO; DRONE SHOTS) – PORTUGUESE MARINES IN LIGHT INFLATABLE BOATS (LIB) ON RIVER IN LITHUANIA
(04:20) VARIOUS SHOTS – PORTUGUESE MARINES DISEMBARK ON THE RIVER BANK AND SCATTER INTO FOREST
(04:36) VARIOUS SHOTS – PORTUGUESE MARINES MANOEUVRE THROUGH FOREST IN LITHUANIA DURING TRAINING EXERCISE
1(04:55) VARIOUS SHOTS (INCLUDING SLO-MO) – PORTUGUESE MARINES CONDUCT AN ASSAULT OPERATION WITH BLANK AMMUNITION DURING TRAINING EXERCISE IN LITHUANIA
(05:53) SOUNDBITE (PORTUGUESE) – LIEUTENANT COMMANDER ROBERT VIOLA, PORTUGUESE MARINES (FUZILEIROS)
“Our main goal, in terms of assurance measures, is to demonstrate our presence along the eastern flank here in Lithuania. We operate in a combined manner with the Lithuanian armed forces, and we also take advantage of the presence of other countries that are present here in the territory.”
(06:12) SOUNDBITE (PORTUGUESE) – LIEUTENANT COMMANDER ROBERT VIOLA, PORTUGUESE MARINES (FUZILEIROS)
“The terrain here in Lithuania is different from Portugal. Portugal is a country with some mountainous area, and Lithuania is flatter but allows great mobility, whether on foot or in an armoured vehicle.”
(06:31) SOUNDBITE (PORTUGUESE) – LIEUTENANT COMMANDER ROBERT VIOLA, PORTUGUESE MARINES (FUZILEIROS)
“The importance of Portugal being here in Lithuania is having the opportunity to be able to share operational and tactical experiences, and concretely be able to take advantage of what is the differentiating factor of this unit, amphibious operations. We are an amphibious unit and that allows us to use the rivers and their interior, and to be able to explore this amphibious aspect and share that experience with the Lithuanian armed forces.”
(07:01) SOUNDBITE (PORTUGUESE) – LIEUTENANT COMMANDER ROBERT VIOLA, PORTUGUESE MARINES (FUZILEIROS)
“This mission certainly allows NATO to show itself as a joint Alliance, capable of asserting itself in Lithuania with a strong, joint, combined presence capable of performing any kind of task or mission.”

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