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News archive (2004 - 08)

The US Pennsylvania National Guard Commander visiting Lithuanian military units
2004.08.27
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Between 30 August and 1 September Commander of the US Pennsylvania National Guard, Major General Jessica L. Wright, will be visiting Lithuania.

 

The Major General - led delegation will meet with Commander of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Major General Valdas Tutkus, leadership of the Lithuanian Land Forces.

 

The agenda for the visit includes visits to the Lithuanian Great Duke Algirdas Motorised Infantry Battalion in Rukla, Regional Airspace Control Centre in Karmėlava, the Division General Stasys Raštikis Non-commissioned Officers School, the Adolfas Ramanauskas Military Advanced Training Centre in Nemenčinė. Major General Wright is also scheduled to visit the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania.

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Lithuanian troops to receive medals after a mission in Iraq
2004.08.26

On Friday, 27 August the Rukla-based Lithuanian Great Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion will host an official welcome ceremony marking the return of LITCON-3 (Lithuanian Contingent) from Iraq.

 

The LITCON-3 platoon servicemen will be awarded the National Defence System level decoration – Medal for International Missions. The troops will be congratulated by the Minister of National Defence, Linas Linkevičius, Commander of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Major General Valdas Tutkus, Commander of the Motorised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf, Lieutenant Colonel Gediminas Jurgutis, authorities of Jonava and Rukla, relatives of soldiers.

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Lithuanian troops to receive medals after a mission in Iraq
2004.08.26
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On Friday, 27 August the Rukla-based Lithuanian Great Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion will host an official welcome ceremony marking the return of LITCON-3 (Lithuanian Contingent) from Iraq.

 

The LITCON-3 platoon servicemen will be awarded the National Defence System level decoration – Medal for International Missions. The troops will be congratulated by the Minister of National Defence, Linas Linkevičius, Commander of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Major General Valdas Tutkus, Commander of the Motorised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf, Lieutenant Colonel Gediminas Jurgutis, authorities of Jonava and Rukla, relatives of soldiers.

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International mine countermeasures exercise to take place in the Baltic Sea in Lithuania's territorial waters
2004.08.26
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Between 3 and 14 September the international mine countermeasures operation OPEN SPIRIT 2004 will take place in the Lithuanian port of Klaipėda.

The exercise in Lithuania's territorial waters of the Baltic Sea will involve twenty-seven vessels from thirteen countries: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Sweden and the UK, added by military observers representing Finland, Italy, and the US. NATO intends sending a high readiness unit of the Mine Countermeasures Force North. Approximately, some 1, 700 military personnel will take part in the exercise.

 

The training will involve searching, identification and, when necessary, clearing the Baltic Sea of abandoned wartime live ordnance as the majority of explosives still pose a threat to human lives, secure navigation and nature.

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NATO's Allied Force Northern Europe Commander visiting Lithuania
2004.08.23

On Monday, 23 August General Gerhard W. Back, Commander of NATO Allied Forces Northern Europe Command in Brunssum, came with a two-day visit to Lithuania.

The Commander of Allied Force Northern Europe and him accompanying delegation met with the Commander of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Major General Valdas Tutkus, Vice-Minister of National Defence, Jonas Gečas.

On Tuesday, 24 August, the delegation is scheduled to visit the Regional Airspace Control Centre in Karmėlava and the Lithuanian Great Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion based in Rukla.

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Volunteer platoon KFOR-11 preparing for Kosovo mission
2004.08.20

On 20 August a platoon KFOR–11 of the National Defense Volunteer Forces took part in an exercise, entitled "Platoon Attack" in the central training area of the Lithuanian Armed Forces in Pabrade.

 

The KFOR-11 is trained for engagement in an international peacekeeping mission in Serbia and Montenegro, Kosovo Province. Troops of the platoon started preparing for the mission in the beginning of July.

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Accreditation of the new French Defence Attache
2004.08.19

On Friday, 20 August the new French Defence Attache Lieutenant Colonel Geraud de Villeneuve Esclapon was accredited at the Ministry of National Defence.

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Lithuanian troops have been attending international operations for ten years already
2004.08.18
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The 10th anniversary of participation of Lithuanian troops in international operations will be marked on Thursday, 19 August. Festive events will start on Simonas Daukantas Square in Vilnius, where some 100 hundred Lithuanian troops who have served in international missions will join a formal drill formation.

 

The Lithuanian servicemen will be congratulated by President Valdas Adamkus of the Republic of Lithuania; one-minute silence will be observed in marking remembrance and respect for those who sacrificed their lives in international missions. Lithuanian troops will also pay respect for their counterpart First Lieutenant Normundas Valteris who lost his life in the mission in Bosnia in 1996. A wreath of flowers will be laid on his grave in Ginkūnai in the northen city of Siauliai. 

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Lithuanian Armed Forces to Present the Newly-Acquired 3D Air Surveillance Radars
2004.08.12
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On Tuesday, 17 August the Air Space Surveillance and Control Command of the Lithuanian Armed Forces will host a ceremony designed to present the newly acquired  Surveilance and Target Acquisition Radar System (TRML - 3D).

The radar system has been purchased from the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) . The contract on radar purchase was signed in December 2001.

"The acquisition of the radar system is an important step in upgrading the Airspace Surveillance and Cntrol System of Lithuania, a member of NATO. The TRLM-3D system largely contribute to a more effective protection of the national air space," said  Colonel Edvardas Mazeikis, the Commander of the Lithuanian Air Force.

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The outgoing Romanian Defence Attache to receive Medal for Merits
2004.08.12

On Friday, 13 August, a farewell ceremony of the outgoing Romanian Defence Attache, Colonel Dumitru Dan-George Sararu, is due to take place in the Black Hall of the Ministry of National Defence.

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