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News archive (2017 - 04)

Europe should make a larger contribution to stronger defence capabilities, Minister R. Karoblis says
2017.04.28
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“European contribution to the enhancement of defence capabilities should be bigger. It is also important to complement NATO but avoid overlapping,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said at the informal European Union Defence Ministers meeting held in Valetta, Malta, on April 26-27. The National Defence Minister stated Lithuania’s support to the European initiatives that enhance defence capabilities in Europe and sharing the Trans-Atlantic burden, with a focus on sufficient defence financing in Europe.

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Vice Minister of National Defence E. Kerza with Lithuanian cyber security team training in international cyber security exercise
2017.04.27
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On April 27 Vice Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza and leadership of the Cyber Security Bureau of the Ministry of Defence of Georgia that are visiting Lithuania met with the Lithuanian team training in the international cyber security Exercise Locked Shields 2017.

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Lithuanian soldiers training to counter hybrid threats at exercises ‘Lightning Strike 2017’
2017.04.27
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On 28th April, begins largest national exercises this year ‘Lightning Strike 2017’, organized by Lithuanian Armed Forces. There Peacetime Operation Forces, Rapid Reaction Forces and their supporting units will have trainings in the regions of Marijampolė and Vilkaviškis.

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Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis to attend European Union Defence Ministers Ministerial
2017.04.26
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On April 26-27 Minister of National Defence is taking a part in the NATO Defence Ministers meeting in Malta. Discussions will focus on the new EU security and defence initiatives, including the possibility of creating a permanent cooperation structure, establishing an annual defence review mechanism, enhancing NATO rapid response crisis response, and EU-led operations in the Mediterranean.

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Vice Minister of National Defence E. Kerza and representatives of EU and NATO institutions discussed cyber security
2017.04.26
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On April 25-26 Vice Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza discussed cyber security with representatives of the European Union at the invitation of Vice President of the European Commission Andrus Ansip, and took part in discussions with representatives of NATO institutions.

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Lithuanian military instructors share experience with Ukrainian soldiers
2017.04.26
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From February to April two military instructors with the Lithuanian Great Hetman Jonušas Radvila Training Regiment, Senior Enlisted Advisor Sergeant Major Aleksandras Balionis and Senior Instructor Master Sergeant Vitalijus Jampolcevas, shared experience with Ukrainian military instructors at the Training Centre of the Ukrainian Ground Forces in Desna. They also observed the training delivered by Ukrainian career soldiers and military instructors during the 7-week long Basic Military Course.

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It all comes down to the speed of reaction, concrete action, ad clear communication, R. Karoblis says following tabletop exercise
2017.04.25
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The Ministry of National Defence in collaboration with the influential U.S. think tank Atlantic Council held the first strategic-level tabletop exercise in Lithuania on April 25.

 

The exercise assessed the inner dynamics of decisions making of Lithuania and its allies and interoperability of separate institutions in the event of crisis in Lithuania.

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NATO air forces train for two days to ensure security in the Baltic skies
2017.04.25
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On April 25-26 the fourth edition of the NATO air exercise series RAMSTEIN ALLOY is held in Baltic airspace, mainly over Lithuania. RAMSTEIN ALLOY 4 serves to exercise Baltic Air Policing alert aircraft as well as to enhance relations and interoperability amongst allied Air Forces.

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on April 17-23, 2017
2017.04.24
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On April 17–23 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the Air Policing Mission over the Baltic states were scrambled twice to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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Vice Minister of National Defence G. Jeglinskas met with representative of Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2017.04.24
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On April 24 Vice Minister of National Defence Giedrimas Jeglinskas and Director General for Capabilities and Armaments of the Ministry of National Defence Col Darius Užkuraitis met with Chief Defence Advisor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark Niels Fiis. The Lithuanian and Danish representatives discussed potential bilateral cooperation in capability development.

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