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News archive (2017 - 11)

14 Lithuanian servicemembers deploying to the EU Operation ATALANTA off the Somali coast
2017.11.29
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On November 29 the fourth Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachment (AVPD-4) comprised of 14 Lithuanian soldiers is deployed to the European Union multinational Operation ATALANTA. The Lithuanian rotation will serve in the operation off the Somali coast countering piracy  and armed robbery in the Indian Ocean efforts until early March of  2018.

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Lithuania hands over military assistance to Ukraine
2017.11.29
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On November 29 the Government of the Republic of Lithuania adopted a resolution to hand over to the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine on a nonreimbursable basis its assets by proprietary rights used by the Lithuanian Armed Forces by entrustment rights. On the basis of the resolution, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence will be given weapons and ammunition that the Lithuanian Armed Forces used before becoming a member of NATO and do not coincide with the calibres used in NATO.  

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Minister of National Defence to attend the Reagan National Defense Forum
2017.11.29
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On November 30 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis is departing for the United States of America to attend the Reagan National Defense Forum (RNDF). The Minister and U.S. security and defence officials will discuss the most significant challenges of the present day of the global security and U.S. national security agenda. The Forum is planned to cover the topics of the U.S. defence priorities, the most important challenges to the U.S. security agenda, development of the U.S. defence industry, and plans of the present administration to strengthen the U.S. Armed Forces, and other issues.

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International assistance to Ukraine's defence reform discussed in Kyiv
2017.11.27
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On November 27-28 Chief of the Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Major General Vitalijus Vaikšnoras is conducting a visit in Ukraine to attend meetings of the Multinational Joint Commission on Defense Reform and Security Cooperation with Ukraine (MJC), a body responsible for coordination of international support to Ukraine’s military reform. The Multinational Joint Commission comprises representatives of Ukraine, U.S., UK, Canada, Poland, and Lithuania, and 13 subcommittees.  Lithuania takes part in the work of the Subcommittees on the Land Force, Special Operations Forces, and Military Police, and head the Subcommittee on the NCO Reform.  

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on November 20-26, 2017
2017.11.27
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On November 20-26 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states carried out four alert scrambles in order to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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Lithuanian and Belgian Defence Ministers discussed further actions in strengthening security and defence measures in the region
2017.11.24
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“Belgium’s joining the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion in Lithuania is probably the most pronounced defence cooperation event of Lithuania and Belgium from historical perspective. It demonstrates Belgium’s understanding of the threats and security challenges in our region,” Minister Raimundas Karoblis said at a meeting with Minister of Defence of the Kingdom of Belgium Steven Vandeput in Vilnius on November 24.

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Lithuanian and Belgian Defence Ministers visited Belgian troops deployed as part of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion in Lithuania
2017.11.24
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Video report (Sgt Spc Lukas Tamošiūnas)

On November 24 Minister of Defence of Belgium Steven Vandeput and a delegation of Belgium’s Members of Parliament conducting a visit in Lithuania were accompanied by Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis and leadership of the Lithuanian Armed Forces to Rukla to meet with Belgian soldiers serving as part of the NATO enhance Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania.

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Minister of Defence of Belgium to conduct a visit in Lithuania, meet with Belgian soldiers serving in the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group
2017.11.22
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On November 24 Minister of Defence of Belgium Steven Vandeput and a delegation of Belgium’s Members of Parliament are conducting a visit in Lithuania. The guests will meet with Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis, leadership of the Ministry of National Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces; Lithuania’s and Belgium’s Defence Ministers will hold a bilateral meeting. Then the Ministers will visit Belgian soldiers deployed in Lithuania as part of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Rukla.

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Bilateral Lithuanian-UK consultations on cyber security took place
2017.11.22
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On November 20-21 Vice Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza and a delegation attended bilateral consultations at the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom. Representatives of the Ministry of National Defence met with Deputy Leader of the House of Lords Earl Howe and Nick Dean, Head of Cyber, Cyber and National Security Capabilities Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK.

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New Defence Attachés of Bulgaria, Austria, Albania and Korea accredited to Lithuania this week
2017.11.22
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Four new Defence Attachés have been accredited to Lithuania at ceremonies at the Ministry of National Defence to Lithuania – of Bulgaria, Austria, Albania and Korea.

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