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First Vessel Boarding Team deployed to EUNAVFOR MED Operation SOPHIA in the Mediterranean
2017.03.02
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On March 6 the first Lithuania’s Vessel Boarding Team (VBT) will be deployed to EUNAVFOR MED Operation SOPHIA in the Mediterranean at a ceremony at the Naval Flotilla, Lithuanian Navy.

 

Lithuanian prepared two VBTs for deployment to SOPHIA in 2016. The units are based on Lithuanian Navy personnel and supplemented with Military Police, Land Force and Special Operations Forces soldiers.

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Commander of the U.S. Army in Europe commends Lithuania for the efforts to strengthen national security
2017.03.01
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On March 1 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis and Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas discussed security situation in the region, further plans for the implementation of NATO deterrence measures in Lithuania, deployment of NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) and military training, and U.S. interaction with the NATO eFP battalion at a meeting with Commander of the U.S. Army Europe Lieutenant General Frederick Benjamin “Ben” Hodges.

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Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic observed a joint Czech-Lithuanian training event
2017.03.01
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On March 1 Minister of Defence Martin Stropnický and Chief of Defence General Josef Becvar of the Czech Republic conducted a working visit to Lithuania to observe Czech soldiers training side by side with Lithuanians.

 

“Joint exercises with our allies are a vital condition for improving interaction and military readiness. Also, the new urban warfare training facility allows soldiers to adapt to modern kind of conflicts in populated areas,” Commander of the Motorised Infantry Brigade Žemaitija Colonel Artūras Radvilas said.

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A Czech company in the NATO battalion in Lithuania would be a weighty contribution to strengthening deterrence and collective defence in the Baltic region, R. Karoblis says
2017.03.01
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On March 1 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis discussed bilateral cooperation and security situation in the region with Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic Martin Stropnický at a meeting in Vilnius. They were joined by Lithuanian and Czech Chiefs of Defence, Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas and General Josef Becvar respectively.

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