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News archive (2015 - 11)

New and illustrated publication Prepare to Survive Emergencies and War: a Cheerful Take on Serious Recommendations waspresented at the Ministry of National Defence
2015.12.17
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The Ministry of National Defence updated the publication called Prepare to Survive Emergencies and War it released in spring winning great public attention. A shorter version of the publication supplemented with witty illustrations was presented at the Ministry of Defence on December 18.

 

The presentation was attended by Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas, illustrator of the publication, artist Ilja Bereznickas, and managing editor of the publication, deputy head of the Defence Policy and Planning Department of the Ministry of National Defence Dr. Karolis Aleksa.

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Lithuania will contribute to the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force launched to tackle common threats
2015.11.30
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Lithuania will be one of the seven countries in establishing the UK-led high-readiness Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF). The JEF, designed to meet new challenges in uncertain world, could mean the mobilisation up to 10, 000 troops to tackle crisis.

 

The Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of the JEF was signed by Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas and his counterparts from the other participating counties, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK, on November 30 in London. It will allow each country to train and integrate, sharing knowledge and skills.

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Data on interceptions of vessels and aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders from November 23 to November 29, 2015
2015.11.30
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On November 28 NATO fighter jets patrolling the Baltic airspace intercepted a Russian IL-76 military transport aircraft flying in international airspace above the Baltic Sea without having pre-filed a flight. The aircraft had its on-board transponder switched on and maintained radio communication with air traffic control centres.

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The possibility to deploy UK troops to the Baltic States for exercise discussed in London
2015.11.30
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On November 30 authorities of Defence of the three Baltic States and the United Kingdom met in London, where the focus was on the security situation in the Middle East, Europe and the Baltic region. Lithuanian Minister J. Olekas and his counterparts also discussed joint initiatives with the United Nations and NATO aimed at ensuring security of the Baltic States.

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Formal ground-breaking ceremony marks the beginning of construction works of new radar post infrastructure
2015.11.27
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Video report (by Lukas Kalvaitis)

Infogrpaphic, jpg. (English)

 

 

“We mark a pivotal step in the modernisation of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. We begin a new phase in the overall air defence surveillance capability improvement programme for Lithuania. This and other essential major weapons systems acquisition and modernisation projects, brings the Lithuanian Armed Forces to a new qualitative level,” the Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas said about the start of construction works for the new infrastructure that will host a new NATO standard long-range 3D radar.

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Minister of National Defence met with Commander NATO Force Integration Unit in Lithuania
2015.11.26
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On November 26 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas presented Lithuania’s expectations regarding the activities of the NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU) in Lithuania to its commander Colonel (Danish Army) Jakob Søgård Larsen.

 

“I trust your key priority is to facilitate the timely deployment of the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force. The threats we are facing require a particular swift response within no more than several days. In our turn, we will take into consideration your recommendations on the ways of improving the Host National Support,” Minister J.Olekas said at the meeting.

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New Defence Attaché of Bulgaria was accredited to Lithuania
2015.11.25
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On November 25, Thursday, new Defence Attaché of Bulgaria Lieutenant Colonel Krasimir Stoyanov was accredited to Lithuania at a ceremony at the Ministry of National Defence. He succeeded Colonel Roumen Ivanov Kondev who was appointed to the position in October 2012.

 

 “Even though Bulgaria and Lithuania are geographically remote, they are really close in terms of shared values and cooperation within NATO and the European Union; and also in terms of joint efforts to make both of the organisations stronger. It is particularly important given the present tensed security situation in Europe,” Vice Minister of National Defence Marijus Velička said while welcoming the new Defence Attaché of Bulgaria.

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Lithuanian soldiers will learn to operate PzH2000 howitzers from their colleagues in Germany
2015.11.25
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As the Lithuanian Armed Forces acquired the Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH2000) self-propelled howitzers from Germany, Lithuanian soldiers are already beginning learn skills of operating the self-propelled artillery systems from their German colleagues. The first training course provided for in the framework of the project is designed to teach Lithuanian troops driving the howitzers and is already underway at training facilities of the Bundeswehr.

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Assurance measures in the Baltic region were discussed with Commander of U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe
2015.11.25
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On November 25 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas and Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas discussed implementation of the U.S. European Reassurance Initiative and the NATO Readiness Action Plan and potential additional measures to ensure security of the Alliance with Commander of the U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Philip M. Breedlove during his short visit in Lithuania.

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Ground-breaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction works of new radar post infrastructure
2015.11.25
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On November 27 a ground-breaking ceremony will be held to commemorate the start of construction works for the new radar post infrastructure that will host a new long-range radar at the Lithuanian Air Forces First Radar Post located at Antaveršis village.

 

The ceremony will be attended by the President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė.  A time capsule will be buried in the future buildings foundation, commemorating one of the most important phases of this long-term project to enhance the air defence surveillance control system of Lithuania.

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