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Military and state border guard personnel to focus on better protection of state borders

On Wednesday, 6 October at the General Staff of the Ministry of National Defence in Vilnius, Commander of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Major General Valdas Tutkus, and Commander of the State Border Guard Service under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania, General Jurgis Jurgelis, will meet to discuss interaction between military and border guard troops in peace and wartime.

The meeting will focus on issues covering possibilities of improvement of state border protection, joint investigations into violations of airspace, problems faced in developing mobilisation related plan.

Lithuanian military chaplains to meet in military training

Between 4-8 October the Marijampole-based Lithuanian Great Duke Vytenis General Support Logistic Battalion, located in southern Lithuania, will host military chaplains' exercise.

The exercise will involve 16 military chaplains who are serving with the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

The exercise will aim to train chaplains in rendering first medical aid, drill formation, disciplinary regulations, military topography; they will also familiarise with tactical, technical data of automatic rifle Ak-4MT, safety rules with regard to weapons, firing positions, etc.

Lithuanian national defence volunteers' platoon KFOR-11 leaving for Kosovo

The 11th platoon of the Lithuanian military personnel, KFOR-11, is due to leave for a peace support mission in Kosovo province (Serbia and Montenegro). The mission will be attended by 30 troops serving with the Lithuanian National Defence Volunteer Forces, including 7 professional military servicemen.


A formal leaving ceremony is scheduled to take place on Friday, 1 October, at the headquarters of the 10th Territorial Unit, Zemaičių Military District, National Defence Volunteer Forces in Telšiai. The event will be attended by commanding officers of the Lithuanian National Defence Volunteer Forces, commanders of territorial units, relatives of the leaving soldiers.


Prior to the involvement in their mission in Kosovo, the KFOR–11 troops underwent an intensive 2-month training in Lithuania.

International exercise Baltic Spirit commencing in Lithuania

On 1-8 October the Lithuanian National Defence Volunteer Forces (KASP) and the Danish Home Guard will be conducting the BALTIC SPIRIT 2004 exercise in Lithuania. The exercise will involve 500 Lithuanian and 130 Danish troops.

The international military training will consist of two phases: on 1-3 October a command post exercise will take place at the Tactical Simulator of the General A. Ramanauskas Combat Training Centre located in Nemencine, some 50 kilometres off Vilnius, while a field exercise is scheduled on 4-8 October in Ignalina surroundings.

NATO agrees on Baltic airspace policing till 2006

BRUSSELS/VILNIUS, Sep 30, AFP/BNS - Six NATO countries have committed themselves to providing permanent air cover over the Atlantic alliance's three Baltic states until 2006.


"NATO has set out a rotation schedule for the next six blocks," a high-ranking NATO official has told AFP on condition of anonymity.


During a visit to Vilnius in mid-September, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, General Harald Kujat confirmed to BNS that the alliance's political leadership had been proposed a Baltic air policing rotation plan for the 2004-2006 period, which would be needed in case the search and implementation of a permanent solution on the matter took longer than expected.


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