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News archive (2017 - 08)

Vice Minister of National Defence V. Umbrasas: „The U.S. fighter jets in Lithuania are the expression of security in this region and in NATO as a whole
2017.08.30
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On 30 August the United States of America took over the control of the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission from Poland at Siauliai Air Base of the Air Force of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. For the upcoming four months the U.S. with fighters F-15C Eagle will ensure security of Baltic airspace together with fighters F-16 of the Belgian Air Force deployed in the Air Base of the Estonian Air Force in Amari.

 

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U.S. Rotational Forces Starting Deployment in Lithuania
2017.08.29
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The U.S troops – a new company of the U.S. Army rotational forces – are deploying in Lithuania to carry out joint training together with troops from Lithuania and other allies. Their participation in joint training activities will contribute to the enhancement of interoperability and coherence.

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President of the Republic of Portugal met Portuguese troops deployed in Lithuania
2017.08.29
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On 29 August President of the Republic of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa who is conducting a visit in Lithuania accompanied by defence ministers and chiefs of defence of the Republic of Portugal and the Republic of Lithuania met troops of Portuguese rotational forces deployed in Lithuania.

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U.S. Air Force to lead NATO Baltic Air Policing mission
2017.08.28
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The US Air Force 48th Fighter Wing has deployed approximately 140 Airmen and seven F-15C Eagles as the 48th Air Expeditionary Group to Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania to assume control of the NATO Baltic Air Policing peacetime collective defense mission Aug. 29, 2017.On 30 August the ceremony at the Air Base of the Lithuanian Armed Forces in Šiauliai where Poland will turnover lead of the mission to the United States will be held.

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on August 21 – 27, 2017
2017.08.28
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On August 21-27 fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled four times to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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Lithuania finds Germany’s contribution to a stronger regional security and deterrence vital, Minister of National Defence R.Karoblis says
2017.08.25
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On August 25 President of the Republic of Lithuania HE Dalia Grybauskaitė and President of the Federal Republic of Germany HE Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the Lithuanian Great Hetman Jonušas Radvila Training Regiment in Rukla (Jonava district). The two heads of state met with the German-led NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group. Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis and Chief of Defence of Lithuania Major General Jonas Vytautas Žukas accompanied them during the visit.

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Lithuania to increase the participation of its Armed Forces in International Operations
2017.08.21
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On 21 August this year, the Lithuanian State Defence Council held a meeting during which the decision to increase Lithuania’s participation in international operations was adopted. In the period from 2018 to 2019, the current level of the Lithuanian Armed Forces’ contribution to international operations and missions will be maintained. In addition to that, the Lithuanian Armed Forces will join NATO and Allied forces so as to reinforce the top priority fight against violent extremism organisations in Iraq and some of the Lithuanian troops will be deployed to the US-led coalition operation Spartan Shield in the Middle East.

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on August 7 – 13, 2017
2017.08.14
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On August 7–13 fighter aircraft deployed to conduct the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled eight times to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international air space over the Baltic Sea.

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R. Karoblis:
2017.08.11
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On August 11 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis and Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas together with the President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė in Rukla (Jonava district) met with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte who arrived to Lithuania to meet with soldiers of his country serving in the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battlegroup.

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US funds – for modernisation and reconstruction of Lithuanian military infrastructure and training grounds
2017.08.10
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The modernisation and reconstruction of military infrastructure in training grounds of Pabradė and Gaižiūnai of the Lithuanian Armed Forces (LAF), in the Mumaičiai military territory, and in the Air Base of the Lithuanian Air Force in Šiauliai is gaining momentum. According to plans, about 50 objects of various infrastructure are to be installed in 2017. Some of the objects that were commenced in July 2016 have been already completed, in some of them activities have been just launched or are intensely carried out in cooperation with some of the Lithuanian companies.

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