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News archive (2016 - 11)

Lithuania buys M577 armoured personnel carriers to complement units of the Lithuanian Armed Forces
2016.11.30
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Units of the Lithuanian Land Force will receive upgraded and well-equipped M577 armoured personnel carriers Lithuania is buying from the German Armed Forces. Representatives of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defence of Germany signed a contract on acquiring 168 M577s on November 30 in Vilnius. Total value of the procurement is roughly EUR 1.6 m.

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Distinguished Visitors and Media Day of multinational NATO Exercise Iron Sword 2016 will be held in Pabradė Training Area of the Lithuanian Armed Forces
2016.11.30
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On December 2 Distinguished Visitors and Media Day of international NATO Exercise Iron Sword 2016 will take place at the General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area (Švenčionių distr.).

 

The event is expected to be attended by President of the Republic of Lithuania HE Dalia Grybauskaitė, caretaker Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas, commanders of LITHAF units, and foreign guests.

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New Defence Attaché of Italy accredited to Lithuania
2016.11.29
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On November 29 new Defence Attaché of Italy was accredited to Lithuania at a ceremony at the Ministry of National Defence: Colonel Davide di Bartolo was welcomed in his new position by caretaker Vice Minister of National Defence Marijus Velička and Ambassador of Italy in Lithuania HE Stefano Taliani de Marchio.

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First phase of military radar site construction completed in Degučiai and Antaveršis
2016.11.29
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Video report (Sgt Spc 1st Class Lukas Kalvaitis)

 

The first phase of construction works at the Lithuanian Air Force radar posts located in Degučiai (Šilutė district) and Antaveršis (Prienai district) has been completed and installation of the state-of-the-art radar systems have begun with testing to follow.

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on November 21 – 27, 2016
2016.11.28
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On November 21-27 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the Air Policing Mission in the Baltic States were scrambled four times two intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

 

On November 21 NATO Baltic air policing fighters identified and escorted two Su-27 of the Russian Federation flying from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. The aircraft did not have flight plans, did not maintain radio contact with air traffic control centres, and their onboard transponders were switched off.

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New patrol ship complements the Lithuanian Navy
2016.11.24
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On November 23 patrol ship P15 the Lithuanian Armed Forces had bought from Denmark was transferred to the Lithuanian Navy at a ceremony in Korsør port in Denmark. The new ship will replace 50 years old Storm-class LNS Sėlis (P32) built in Norway that currently use serving in Patrol Ships Division of the Lithuanian Navy.

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Minister J.Olekas met with Deputy Secretary of Ukraine’s Verkovna Rada National Security and Defence Council Colonel General Mykhailo Koval
2016.11.22
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On November 23 Minister J.Olekas and Deputy Secretary of Ukraine’s Verkovna Rada National Security and Defence Council Colonel General Mykhailo Koval discussed security situation in the region and Ukraine and Ukraine’s security and defence reform at a meeting in Vilnius.

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Chief of the General Staff of Ukraine General Viktor Muzhenko on a visit in Lithuania
2016.11.22
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On November 22-23 Chief of the General Staff of Ukraine General Viktor Muzhenko and his delegation are conducting a visit in Lithuania to discuss bilateral and multilateral cooperation, security situation, and Ukraine’s defence reform.

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National defence leadership met with Chief of Defence of Ukraine General Viktor Muzhenko in Vilnius
2016.11.22
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Video report (Sergeant Specialist 1st Class Lukas Kalvaitis)

 

On November 22 Chief of the General Staff of Ukraine General Viktor Muzhenko and a delegation arrived on a formal visit in Lithuania. In Vilnius the guests discussed Lithuania’s and Ukraine’s military cooperation in bilateral and multilateral formats, geopolitical situation, and topical matters of Ukraine’s defence reform. with Juozas Olekas, caretaker Minister of National Defence, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas.

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Approx. 4 thousand allied troops are training in multinational Exercise Iron Sword 2016 underway in Lithuania
2016.11.21
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Video report (Sergeant Specialist 1st Class Lukas Kalvaitis) https://youtu.be/9ll-Bq6l6hY

 

“Multinational exercises are the best opportunity for soldiers to demonstrate their abilities. Sharing knowledge and experience at his exercise will make us even stronger. I know that all participants have prepared well for the exercise,” Exercise Iron Sword 2016 Director Col Dalius Polekauskas said at the opening ceremony on November 20.

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