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Minister of National Defence met with Commander NATO Force Integration Unit in Lithuania


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.


Minister thanked NFIU commander Col J.S.Larsen for his significant contribution to the establishment of the NATo Force Integration Unit in Lithuania and coordination of the NATO assurance measures.


NATO Force Integration Units are small command and control headquarters whose key mission is to facilitate the rapid deployment of the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) and additional rapid response elements into the region if needed.


The NFIU in Lithuania operates as an intermediate unit facilitating interoperability among national and the region-deployed allied forces. It also contributes to enhance allied training and exercises, and liaison with NATO’s operational commands.


The NFIU in Vilnius comprises 27 military personnel, 10 of which is provided by other allied nations.


The NFIU in Lithuania is under command of Colonel (Danish Army) Jakob Søgård Larsen. Lieutenant Colonel (Lithuanian Land Force) Mindaugas Petkevičius is acting as second in command.


Credits: A. Pliadis

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