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News archive (2017 - 03)

Lithuanian Vessel Boarding Team are heading for the area of EU-led operation SOPHIA aboard German ship
2017.03.24
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This week Lithuanian Vessel Boarding Team left Kiel Seaport in Germany aboard FGS Rhein for the area of EUNAVFOR MED Operation SOPHIA in the Mediterranean. The ship is planned to reach the destination by the end of March.

 

Prior to the departure the Lithuanian Vessel Boarding Team underwent a two-week training together with the crew of FGS Rhein. “A German Vessel Protection Team that have already been deployed to SOPHIA shared experience, a separate training was arranged for our team at sea and with assault boats,” Commander of the Lithuanian Vessel Protection Team Lieutenant Junior Grade Vytenis Bučius said.

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National defence leadership met with Germany’s Chief of Staff General V. Wieker
2017.03.24
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“Lithuania highly appreciates efforts of Germany and other Allies to step up deterrence and collective defence in the Baltic region. Germany as the framework nation for the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battlegroup makes history to us. We are in good hands,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said at a meeting with the Chief of Staff of Germany General Volker Wieker.

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Soldiers of Algirdas Battalion performing standby for the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force deployed for an exercise to Denmark
2017.03.24
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The 3rd “Piranha” Mechanised Infantry Company with the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion with dedicated units and vehicles left for Denmark to train as part of the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF). Over 100 Lithuanian servicemembers will train responding to a violation of sovereignty of any of NATO allies together with the Guard Hussar Battalion, 2nd Brigade, Royal Danish Army, on March 25-April 11.

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All of the Dutch contingent joined the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion in Rukla, preparation for joint training begins
2017.03.23
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All of the soldiers assigned to the contingent the Netherlands contributes to the German-led NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battalion have deployed in Lithuania. The main group Dutch troops numbering up to over 100 have arrived via the Lithuanian Air Force Air Base in Šiauliai. In total, roughly 205 soldiers of the Royal Netherlands Armed Forces will serve in the NATO eFP Battalion Battlegroup.

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Lithuania needs a capable Armed Forces, R. Karoblis says
2017.03.23
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Video report (OR-6 Lukas Kalvaitis)

 

“Establishment of the Light Infantry Brigade Aukštaitija is a big day for the Lithuanian Armed Forces and for national defence. Developments and changes in geopolitical situation of the recent years demonstrate that freedom and independence can not be taken for granted any longer. Lithuania needs a capable Armed Forces, therefore I wish Aukštaitija to grow and strengthen, so that you are able to defence our independence on land, at sea, in the air, in cyberspace and information space,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said at the ceremony of bestowing an organisational flag on the new unit.

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Latvia’s Minister of Defence decoration presented to Defence Policy Director V.Urbelis
2017.03.23
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On March 23 Republic of Latvia Minister of Defence Award, Medal of Honorary Recognition, was presented to Defence Policy Director of the Ministry of National Defence Dr Vaidotas Urbelis.

 

“I appreciate the personal contribution of Vaidotas Urbelis to fostering the cooperation of our countries and provision of security guarantees,” Minister of Defence of Latvia Raimonds Bergmanis said upon bestowing the decoration.

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Minister of National Defence reaffirmed Lithuania’s readiness to host allied forces at a meeting with Commander AIRCOM
2017.03.22
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On March 22 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis reaffirmed Lithuania’s readiness to host allied capabilities at a meeting with General Tod D. WOLTERS, Commander AIRCOM/ USAFE-AFRICA.

 

“NATO missions like the Baltic Air Policing mission demonstrate NATO’s resolve and determination to ensure protection across Allied airspace, including for those Allies that do not have their own Air Policing assets. At Allied Air Command we work together with all NATO Air Chiefs to provide Air Power for steadfast and defensive Alliance, committed to peace and security,” General T. D. Wolters underscored.

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Minister of National Defence to meet with Chief of Staff of the Bundeswehr
2017.03.22
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On March 23-24 Chief of Staff of the Federal Republic of Germany General Volker Wieker is conducting a formal visit in Lithuania.

 

General will pay a visit to the Lithuanian Great Hetman Jonušas Radvila Training Regiment in Rukla to meet with German and other allies’ forces deployed as the NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroup and to observe a joint training operation of the NATO eFP troops and Lithuanian infantry.

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Military equipment for the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion in Lithuania arrived from the Netherlands
2017.03.21
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On March 21 military equipment of the Royal Netherlands Armed Forces arrived in Lithuania via Klaipėda Seaport to be used by the German-led NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battalion Battlegroup in Lithuania (based in Rukla).

 

The brought equipment includes roughly 40 military vehicles, including CV 90 infantry fighting vehicles, Fennek reconnaissance vehicles, Boxer multirole vehicles, armoured recovery vehicles, etc.

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Brigadier General Almantas Leika awarded the Legion of Merit
2017.03.21
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Brigadier General Almantas Leika who was in the lead of the Lithuanian Land Force from 2011 to 2016 and is now posted to the Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Brunssum has been awarded one of the highest military awards in the United States, the Legion of Merit, for the weighty contribution to the development of partnership between the Lithuanian Land Force and the U.S. Army, and for personal efforts to strengthen the cooperation of Lithuania, U.S. and NATO. The medal was presented to Brig Gen A.Leika by Commander of the U.S. Army Europe Brigadier General B. Hodges.

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