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News archive (2008 - 09)

Chief of Staff of Germany visit Lithuania
2008.10.03
imgInspector General of the Bundeswehr Gen. Wolfgang Schneiderhan arrived in Lithuania on an official two-day visit, October 6. He came at invitation of the Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt. Gen. Valdas Tutkus. In the framework of visit Gen. Schneiderhan will meet with the Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas, Chief of Defence Lt. Gen. V. Tutkus, and representatives of Defence Staff.
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Agreement on NATO strategic airlift came into force
2008.10.02
Memorandum of NATO states and partners on the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) programme entered into force on September 24. The programme is implemented by Lithuania, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Norway, etc. - 12 NATO members and two Partnership for Peace programme countries.
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Minister of National Defence meet with Chief of Defence Staff of Luxembourg
2008.09.30
imgMinister of National Defence Juozas Olekas met with the Chief of Defence Staff of Luxembourg Gen. Gaston Reinig and congratulated the country's decision to join the EU monitoring mission (EUMM) in Georgia, September 30.
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QRA Baltic Air-policing mission transferred to US troops
2008.09.30
imgOn September 30 Air Force Aviation Base in Siauliai hosted ceremony of change of elements responsible for the NATO Baltic Air-policing mission. After guarding Baltic airspace for four months German Air contingent handed over the mission to the US Air Forces in Europe contingent.
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First Lithuania's Defence Attaché accredited to Azerbaijan in Baku
2008.09.29
Lt. Col. Virginijus Vilkelis, was accredited as the first Defence Attaché of Lithuania to Azerbaijan at the Ministry of Defence in Baku, September 26. Within the framework of accreditation State Secretary of the Ministry of National Defence Jurate Raguckiene and Ambassador of Lithuania Kestutis Kudzmanas met with the Azerbaijan Defence Minister General Colonel Safar Abijev.
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US Air contingent take over Baltic Air-policing mission
2008.09.29
imgOn September 30 change of elements responsible for the NATO Baltic Air-policing mission will take place at the Air Force Aviation Base in Siauliai. German Air contingent having guarded the Baltic airspace till present will hand over the mission to the US Air contingent.
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Chief of Staff of Luxembourg Army visit Lithuania
2008.09.29
imgChief of Staff of Luxembourg Army Gen. Gaston Reinig is coming to Lithuania for a two-day visit, September 29. He is visiting Lithuania at invitation of the Chief of Defence Lt. Gen. Valdas Tutkus. On the visit the guest will meet with the Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas, Chief of Defence Lt. Gen. Valdas Tutkus, and representatives of the Defence Staff.
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International exercise of staffs at the Nemencine Combat Training Centre
2008.09.25
imgInternational staff-level exercise Camel Spider is held at the Nemencine General Adofas Ramanauskas Combat Training Centre from September 22 to 26. Staffs of the Motorised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf subdivisions and representatives from Latvia and Estonia are learning to plan and implement high-intensity combat operations.
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Five Lithuanian observers sent to Georgia
2008.09.25
Lithuanian team of five – representatives of the Foreign and National Defence Ministries and Police Department under the Ministry of the Interior - was sent to the EU Observer Mission to Georgia. Fully manned and equipped Lithuanian team provided with an armoured vehicle by the Lithuanian Armed Forces will conduct observation, analysis and reporting on the current situation in Georgia and keeping up to the six-point agreement, including withdrawal of the Russian Armed Forces.
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Lithuanian Naval Force warship ”Kursis" at the Amber Sea exercise in Estonia
2008.09.25
imgAmber Sea exercise for the Baltic mine hunters and sweepers will be held in the territorial waters and exclusive economic zone of Estonia on September 26 – October 5. 1st Lt. Egidijus Oleskevicius will lead representative of Lithuanian Naval Force "Kursis" (M51) currently attached to the Baltic Squadron BALTRON. The exercise will also be joined by representatives of Latvian and Estonian navies.
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