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News archive (2018 - 11)

Lithuanian cyber defence experts trained in NATO Exercise Cyber Coalition
2018.11.30
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Cyber security and legal experts of the National Defence System took part in NATO-organised cyber defence Exercise Cyber Coalition 2018 on November 27-29.

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Minister of National Defence of Lithuania and U.S Secretary of Defence agreed to draft a long-term defence cooperation plan
2018.11.29
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“We have to ensure a comprehensive U.S support to Lithuania and the entire region. The United States of America is Lithuania’s key security partner which was reiterated by the meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis. The U.S. understands the scope and realness of our threats and the need to strengthen deterrence measures,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said after the meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defence at the Pentagon on Wednesday.

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Lithuanian arms control inspectors on a visit in Belarus
2018.11.28
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On November 28 a group of arms control inspectors of the Lithuanian Armed Forces an inspection of a selected military unit in Belarus under the regulations of the Vienna Document 2011 of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). They will carry out a verification in the 51st Artillery Brigade in Osipovichi.

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M577 command and control armoured personnel carriers of the Lithuanian Armed Forces upgraded
2018.11.28
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German enterprise FFG Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft mbH won the call to tender organised by the NATO Support Agency (NSPA)  and upgraded 22  M577 armoured personnel carriers of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The upgraded M577s will be used for command and control of the PzH2000 howitzers of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. 

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Germany contributes to the modernisation of Pabradė Training Area infrastructure
2018.11.26
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As infrastructure at the Gen S.Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė is further improved, the multifunctional firing range will be completed – the Ministry of National Defence plans procuring mobile target lifting system for training tank and armoured equipment live fire while in maneuver. On November 23 Vice Minister of National Defence Giedrimas Jeglinskas and Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Defence Dr Peter Tauber signed an agreement on funding that procurement.

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Minister of National Defence is conducting a formal visit to the United States of America, meeting with Secretary of Defence J.Mattis is planned
2018.11.26
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On November 26-December 3 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis is conducting a formal visit to the U.S. and meet with U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis in Washington to discuss bilateral defence cooperation and development of Lithuania’s capabilities.

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on November 19–25, 2018
2018.11.26
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On November 19 – 25 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled five times to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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Poland joins the EU Cyber Rapid Response Teams initiative launched by Lithuania
2018.11.24
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On November 24 Poland officially joined the European Union Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) Cyber Rapid Response Teams Initiative launched by Lithuania. The Declaration of Intent was signed by Minister of National Defence of Poland Mariusz Błaszczak on a visit in Vilnius.

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Ministers signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation of the Baltic states’ special forces
2018.11.24
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Joint Communique

On November 24 Minister of National Defence of Lithuania Raimundas Karoblis, Minister of Defence of Latvia Raimonds Bergmanis, and Minister of Defence of Estonia Jüri Luik discussed topical matters in NATO and EU context, addressed strengthening of the Baltic states’ special forces cooperation, and maritime surveillance, at a meeting in Vilnius.

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Military parade and thousands of observers marked the centenary of the re-established Lithuanian Armed Forces in Vilnius
2018.11.24
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Photo gallery  

Parade of the centenary of the re-established Lithuanian Armed Forces (video)

Speech of the President (video)

Speech of the Minister of National Defence (video)

 Speech of the Chief of Defence  (video)

 

On November 24 a solemn formation and military equipment parade concluded the celebration marking the centenary of the re-established Lithuanian Armed Forces. The military parade put on display nearly 2.000 soldiers marching or driving military vehicles and can be called the largest military event in the history of independent Lithuania.

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