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News archive (2004 - 09)

Strong Shield 2004 exercise will take place at the Lithuanian Central Training Area
2004.09.24
img On 11-19 October the Motorised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf of the Lithuanian Armed Forces will conduct a battalion level exercise Strong Shield 2004 at the Central Training Area of the Lithuanian Armed Forces at Pabradė, some fifty kilometres off Vilnius.
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Kaunas will host the seventh international military medicine conference
2004.09.24

On 29-30 September the Kaunas Military Garrison Officers' Club will host the 7th international military medicine conference under the theme of "Urgent Military Medicine Aspects in a Modern NATO Transformation Period".

During the conference, reports will focus on health care related problems and application of modern treatment methods, medical civil-military co-operation and host nation support, aspects of military medical personnel training. Experience gained by military medical personnel in international missions will also be shared among the participants during the conference.

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FBI Training on Vehicle Blast
2004.09.21
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(U.S. Embassy) September 20-24, 2004, the U.S. Embassy initiated a Post-Blast training hosted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Police, State Security Department and Armed Forces representatives. This is the only class of this kind in the world, and this will be the first time it has been conducted outside the United States.

This training course will cover many of the lessons learned from these bombings and will have the students process a large vehicle bomb crime scene as a practical exercise. Course instructors are all professional FBI bomb technicians and experienced investigators who have been to all of the major U.S. related bombings in the U.S. and internationally since Oklahoma City.

Tuesday, 21 September 2004, the course includes a practical vehicle explosion exercise that will take place at the Pabrade Range

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Coalition
2004.09.21
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VILNIUS, Sep 21, BNS - Lithuanian Defence Minister Linas Linkevičius says that the withdrawal of coalition forces from Iraq is not under discussion yet although "all" would like to see this happen as soon as possible.

"We all want to be able to pull out our forces from there as soon as possible," Linkevičius told the Ziniu Radijas radio on Tuesday morning but noted that the withdrawal schedule was not discussed yet. He said that training of Iraqi forces was planned.

"Our goal is to have elections in Iraq in January and as many as possible local troops to replace coalition forces," said the Minister.

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Great Britain to control the Baltic airspace
2004.09.20
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On Monday, 20 September, the North Atlantic Council was informed that Great Britain should take over the Baltic air-policing mission from the Royal Danish Air Force.

Some technical problems related to the British aircraft deployment and the exact time of the taking over of the mission should be settled by the middle of October.

After the North Atlantic Council sanctioned the air-policing mission in the Baltic states earlier in this spring, NATO allies have been deploying on a rotation basis their aircraft, pilots and service personnel to the Zokniai-based Lithuanian First Air Base.

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Foreign Defence Attaches accredited to Lithuania to meet in Kaunas
2004.09.17
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Between 20-23 September foreign Defence Attaches (DAs) accredited to Lithuania will meet in Kaunas for annual their Autumn Tour.

 

The four-day event will bring together DAs from twenty-eight foreign countries.

 

Participants of the event are planned to visit military units deployed in Kaunas, Lithuania's second largest city. DAs will visit the Vytautas the Great Jaeger Battalion, Juozas Vitkus Engineer Battalion, the Lithuanian Air Force Headquarters and Military Medical Service. The tour programme also includes cultural items: tour of Kaunas and visit to Pazaislio Monastery. Later the participants of the event will visit the Lithuanian Textile Institute where they will be briefed on production manufactured by the Institute.

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Lithuania takes an active part in developing EU defence capabilities
2004.09.17

On 16-17 September in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, Lithuanian National Defence Minister Linas Linkevičius attended an informal meeting of Ministers of Defence of the European Union, where he was invited to make introductory remarks. At the request of the Dutch Minister of Defence Henk Kamp, who chaired the meeting, Linas Linkevičius opened the floor for discussions on smaller members states and the Battle Groups initiative.

 

In his introductory remarks, the Lithuanian Minister of Defence dwelt upon the involvement of smaller member states, like Lithuania, in the EU Combat Groups initiative. According to the Minister, high military criteria in quality should not become an obstacle for member states with limited resources to join. In the Minister's view, it is necessary to make the initiative as inclusive as possible and to find a good balance between a wide participation and military effectiveness.

 

"Despite of its limited resources, Lithuania has interest to take part in the Battle Group initiative and to become a part of structured co-operation", underscored L. Linkevičius in his address to the meeting.

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NATO decided which country's aircraft will patrol in the Baltic airspace
2004.09.17
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NATO has already found a decision which member of the Alliance will take over the air-policing mission from the Royal Danish Air Force in the beginning of October.

 

On Friday, 17 September NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer informed the Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Linas Linkevičius on the decision at the informal meeting of Defence Minister of the European Union, which took place on 16-17 September in Noordwijk, in the Netherlands.

 

Details of the decision are expected next week.

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National Defence Ministry's State Secretary to attend a meeting of representatives of NATO states
2004.09.15

On Wednesday, 15 September, in Berlin, Valdemaras Sarapinas, State Secretary of the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania, will take part in a meeting conducted by NATO's Supreme Allied Command Transformation, in partnership with NATO's Industrial Advisory Group and in co-operation with Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).

 

The meeting will primarily focus on issues covering global security threats, NATO transformation and defence investment.

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National Defence Minister will initiate discussions on the Battle Group of the EU Rapid Reaction Force
2004.09.15
Between 16-17 September Minister of National Defence of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius will take part in an informal meeting of the EU Ministers of Defence in the Netherlands.

The meeting will focus on enhancement of military capabilities, transfer of the NATO mission in Bosnia to the EU, contribution of the European Security and Defence Policy to the fight against terrorism, operationalisation of the   EU Rapid Reaction Force battlegroups, establisment of the European gendarmerie force, co-ordination of strategic transport capabilities; the European Defence Agency development related issues are also expected to be discussed at the meeting.

At the request of the Dutch Minister of Defence Henk Kamp who is presiding over the informal meeting, the Lithuanian Minister of Defence will give an initiative report on the establishment of Combat Groups of the EU Rapid Reaction Force and their possible operationalisation. 

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