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Leadership of the state and the national defence system will observe multinational ground-based air defence Exercise Tobruq Legacy 2017 first time in Lithuania


On July 20 President of the Republic of Lithuania HE Dalia Grybauskaitė, Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis, Vice Minister Vytautas Umbrasas, Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Brigadier General Valdemaras Rupšys, other representatives of the national defence system and dignitaries will observe multinational ground-based air defence Exercise Tobruq Legacy 2017 for the first time held in Lithuania.


The guests will be invited to observe a demo military operation by NATO forces: ground-based air defence systems of every participating ally will be positioned on the demonstration field and airspace defence against aircraft will be simulated.

The program will also include presentation of the UK, U.S., Latvia’s, Poland’s, and Lithuania’s ground-based air defence systems and the U.S. Patriot long-range air defence system. During the exercise the system operates in one air defence pool with Lithuanian and other NATO allies’ air defence systems.


Deployment of the Patriot long-range air defence system demonstrates the strength of the strategic partnership between Lithuania and the U.S. as well as of the U.S. commitment to strengthen Lithuania’s security.


Exercise Tobruq Legacy 2017 began in July 11 to run until July 22 in Šiauliai district. The event will involve roughly 500 soldiers and 30 air defence systems of Lithuania and four more NATO allies – the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Latvia, and Poland.


Tobruq Legacy 2017 will be conducted concurrently in Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Romania under the command of Romania-based Joint Force Air Component Command (NATO JFAC) that will include members of the Lithuanian Air Force. Lithuanian units will also train night air defence operations control at the portion of the exercise in the Czech Republic.


The total of roughly 1.8 thousand troops from 12 NATO allies are training in Exercise Tobruq Legacy.


National Exercise Vigilant Falcon 2017 in Lithuania will be an integral part of Tobruq Legacy 2017. The exercise will enhance interoperability and command and control procedures among units of the Lithuanian Air Force.


The host of Exercise Tobruq Legacy 2017 is the United States of America. This is the third time the Lithuanian Air Force is among the participants. In 2015 soldiers of the Lithuanian Air Force were for the first time training NATO air defence operations in a platoon-sized unit in the Czech Republic, in a battery-sized unit in Slovakia – in 2016, and this year representatives of the Lithuanian Air Force will practice joint actions with NATO allies and providing command to a ground based Air Defence Battalion-level unit.


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