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News archives (2006 -03)

Contract on reconstruction of the main runway of Lithuania's Air Base in Siauliai signed
2006.03.31
imgOn Friday, 31 March Ministry of National Defence signed a contract with the private company AB ”Šiaulių Plentas", a company selected in the tender for the reconstruction of the main runway of the Lithuania's Air Base in Siauliai. The contract price is over 55 million Litas. The project is financed by NATO Security Investment Programme (NSIP). The reconstruction work of the main runway is scheduled to start in spring 2006.
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Upcoming events for 3-9 April in the Lithuanian National Defence System
2006.03.31
The following events are scheduled for 3-9 April in the Lithuanian National Defence System: On 3 April, Lithuanian National Defence Minister, Gediminas Kirkilas, to meet with the Chairman of the Georgian Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee, Konstantin Gobashvili. On 6-8 April Commander of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Major General Valdas Tutkus, to attend a meeting of Chiefs of Defence of the Baltic States in Latvia.
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Turkish military personnel to take over execution of the NATO's air policing mission over the Baltic States
2006.03.29
On Friday, 31 March an official ceremony of replacement of contingents involved in the NATO leadership-sanctioned air-policing mission in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia is due to take place at the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Siauliai, during which the Turkish Air Force will officially take over the mission from the Polish Air Force. The ceremony will be attended by Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Gediminas Kirkilas, Undersecretary of the Polish Ministry of National Defence Stanislaw Koziej, Commander of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Major General Valdas Tutkus, representative from the Turkish Air Force, Brigadier General Nejdat Bilgin, Commanders of the Air Force of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Turkish military personnel will carry out the air-policing mission by four F-16 fighters, serviced by some 80 Turkish troops.
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Hungarian Defence Attaché to Lithuania to be awarded the Medal for Merits
2006.03.29
On Thursday, 30 March, at the Ministry of National Defence, the Hungarian Defence Attaché to Lithuania, Colonel Peter Nagy, was awarded the Medal for Merits. During an official ceremony, Lithuania's National Defence System level decoration – Medal for Merits – was conferred on Colonel Nagy in recognition of his outstanding contribution to strengthening bilateral co-operation between the Hungarian and Lithaunian Armed Forces. The decoration was presented by Lithuanian National Defence Ministry's Undersecretary Valdemaras Sarapinas. The event was also attended by the Hungarian Ambassador to Lithuania, HE Sandor Juhasz.
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Exhibition of caricatures on the Lithuanian military, entitled ”The regiment goes marching merrily ahead"
2006.03.28
imgOn Thursday, 30 March, an exhibition of caricatures on the Lithuanian Armed Forces, entitled ”The Regiment Goes Marching Merrily Ahead 2006" will be opened at the Gallery of Applied Arts of the Lithuanian Artists Union in Vilnius. This will be already the second exhibition arranged in close co-operation by the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence and the Lithuanian Artists Union. Twenty-eight Lithuanian caricature artists have contributed their works to the exhibition. In total 110 original works depicting the most important events, international missions, challenges and tests faced by the Lithuanian
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Accreditation of the new Bulgarian Defence Attaché
2006.03.23
On Friday, 24 March the new Bulgarian Defence Attaché to Lithuania, Navy Captain Ivan M. Bratoev will be accredited at the Ministry of National in Vilnius.
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KFOR-14 platoon to leave for a mission in Kosovo
2006.03.23
imgOn Friday, 24 March, in Klaipėda, a leaving ceremony of Lithuanian peacekeepers’ platoon KFOR-14 to a peace support mission to Serbia and Montenegro will take place at the Lithuanian Grand Duke Butigeidis Dragoon Training Battalion. The leaving ceremony will be attended by Lithuanian Vice-Minister Gintautas Sivickas, the acting Commander of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Brigadier General Arvydas Pocius, Commander of the National Defence Volunteer Forces (NDVF), Colonel Antanas Plieskis, commanders of NDVF territorial units.
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Commander of the Lithuanian Armed Forces to visit Turkey
2006.03.21
On Wednesday, 22 March Commander of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Major General Valdas Tutkus, is due to leave for Turkey, where he is to attend an international conference, entitled ”International Terrorism and International Co-operation". The conference, which will be hosted by the Turkish Terrorism Combating Training Centre, will gather majority of Chiefs of Defence of the Alliance's member states, academicians, counter terrorism theoreticians and practitians.
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Military co-operation among Poland, Denmark, Germany and the Baltic States discussed in Riga
2006.03.21
imgOn Tuesday, 21 March, in Riga, at a meeting of Ministers of Defence of Denmark, Germany and Poland and the three Baltic States, the Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Gediminas Kirkilas in his speech welcomed the NATO Multinational Corps North East (NORTHEAST) Headquarters' decision to actively contribute in 2007 to the lead of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. According to G. Kirkilas, the task will enhance importance of the NORTHEAST Headquarters and will consolidate its operational capabilities. The NORTHEAST Headquarters operates from Szczecin, Poland. Three Lithuanian military officers currently serve at the NORTHEAST headquarters. According to the Minister, with an active engagement of the NORTHEAST Headquarters to the lead of the ISAF, Lithuania intends to double the number of personnel serving in the ISAF.
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Minister of National Defence to attend a meeting of Defence Ministers in Riga
2006.03.20
On Tuesday, 21 March Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Gediminas Kirkilas and him accompanying delegation are due to leave for Riga, Latvia, where they are to attend a meeting of Ministers of Defence of three Baltic States and Denmark, Germany and Poland. The meeting is expected to focus on issues of relevant importance to NATO and the European Union (EU), discuss EU Battle groups and a pending NATO summit in Riga, Latvia.
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