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On June 5 the Government of the Republic of Lithuania approved the Ministry of National Defence Personnel Increase Plan 2019–2028 which implements the long-term National Defence System Development  Programme of 2018. The long-term development plans of the National Defence system approved by the Seimas and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania create conditions for a systemic development of the structure of the Lithuanian Armed Forces through synchronisation of manning, provision, upgrading and infrastructure development and needs with financing.  This is a way to man the Principal Armed Forces Structure endorsed by the Seimas.

 
 The new Standing Joint Force Commander Gen Jones on his first visit to Lithuania
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“We highly appreciate the United Kingdom-led Joint Expeditionary Force initiative, which allows us planning of a quick response in a potential crisis situation in the eastern NATO flank. JEF project is of utmost importance for Lithuania," Vytautas Umbrasas, Vice-Minister of National Defence, said on June 13 at the meeting with the new Commander of Standing Joint Force Commander Major General Rupert Jones who has been in this post since November 2018.

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 Conditions for military training for Lithuanian and Allied soldiers are being improved
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On June 12 Government approved that part of Pabradė and Gaižiūnai training areas and military training territories’ forests would be converted into other land. This will help ensure the diversity of Lithuanian and Allied military exercises and improve training conditions in the above-mentioned training areas.

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 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on June 03-09, 2019
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On June 3-9, NATO Air Policing fighter aircraft in the Baltic States conducted six alert scrambles to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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 Lithuanian Navy enhances antisubmarine warfare capabilities: Lithuanian warship training together with Germany’s U-33 submarine
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On June 5 – 10 LNS Aukštaitis (P14) patrol ship takes part in multinational manoeuvres Baltic Coach 2019 in the Baltic Sea. She will train with FGS U-33 submarine and FGS Fehmarn of the German Navy.

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 Lithuania support the aspiration of North Macedonia to become a full-fledged member of NATO and the European Union, Vice Minister of National Defence V. Umbrasas says
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On June 5 Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas assured Deputy Minister of Defence Bekim Maksuti that “Lithuania supports the aspiration of North Macedonia to become a full-fledged member of NATO and the European Union, as well as the open door policy of the Alliance, and hopes that North Macedonia will manage to achieve the progress it needs.” Vice Minister accentuated that “membership in the Alliance not only brings countries closer together but also commits them to ensure a stable security environment in the region and the world.”

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 Vice Minister of National Defence V. Umbrasas to go on a formal visit to North Macedonia and Slovakia
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On June 4–5 Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas will go on a formal visit  to North Macedonia where he will meet with Deputy Minister of Defence  Bekim Maksuti and attend opening ceremony of national North Macedonia’s Exercise Decisive Strike 2019.  The exercise will include a group of Lithuanian Land Force soldiers.   

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