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On July 16 F-15E fighter aircraft and C-130 mobility aircraft of the U.S. Air Force landed at the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai to take part in the U.S.-led Operation Rapid Forge, an air defence exercise held in our region for the first time.

 
 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders July 8 – 14, 2019
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On July 8 – 14 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled two times to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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 R. Karoblis proposed Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Maj Gen V. Rupšys as the new Chief of Defence
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Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis proposed the incumbent Land Force Commander Maj Gen Valdemaras Rupšys as next Chief of Defence of Lithuania to the President. He would succeed the present Chief of Defence, Lt Gen Jonas Vytautas Žukas, whose tenure ends in late July.

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 Preparation of a memorandum on developing EU cyber response force begun in Vilnius
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The Lithuanian-coordinated project of developing the European Union Cyber Rapid Response Teams (CRRTs) is well underway. Representatives of European Union member states participating in the projects met at the Ministry of National Defence on July 12 exchanged ideas and discussed the common cyber toolkit to be developed.

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 Vice Minister of National Defence to be the new NATO Assistant Secretary General for Executive Management
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Vice Minister of National Defence has been hired as the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Executive Management.  The position covers responsibilities for institutional NATO change management:  human resources policy, budget planning, IT, relations with other organisations in the NATO structure (NSPA, NCIA, etc.), and daily operation of the NATO headquarters.  

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 First Vilkas Infantry Fighting Vehicles officially handed over to Lithuania
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On July 9 first two of the 88 Vilkas Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) produced to the Lithuanian Armed Forces by a German manufacturer were formally handed over to Lithuania. The IFVs will be designated to the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf. The purchase fills in a capability gap in the Lithuanian Land Force.

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 Arms control inspectors of Russia and Belarus to conduct an observation flight over the territory of Lithuania
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On July 8-12 arms control inspectors of Russia and Belarus will be visiting Lithuania on the basis of the Open Skies Treaty. The experts will conduct a reconnaissance overflight over the territory of Lithuania in an AN-30B aircraft of the Russian Armed Forces with digital cameras. Representatives of the Lithuanian Armed forces will be on board together with the Russian ad Belarussian inspectors during the flight to ensure the agreed flight plan is followed and the observation equipment certified according to the Open Skies Treaty requirements are used.

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