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“The fact that the multinational ground-based air defence Exercise Tobruq Legacy 2017 is held in Lithuania shows that neither exercises of this kind nor deployment of strategic air defence systems in Lithuania is a taboo any longer. In case there is a need, these capabilities would be here in Lithuania. And today we are rehearsing acting alongside allies in case we need to,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis underscored at Distinguished Visitors Day of the exercise.

 
 International cyber security course for managers of industrial systems took place in Lithuania
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The Cyber Security and Telecommunications Service under the Ministry of National Defence co-organised an international course on cyber security of industrial management systems with partners from the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) in Vilnius on July 17-20. The course was attended roughly 120 IT experts from different authorities and organisations of Lithuania and other NATO allies who are responsible for oversight of industrial, energy, water supply and heating, communications and other management systems.

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 New Dutch rotation eFP in Lithuania Fully Operational Capable in record time
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In the middle of July, a new rotation of Dutch soldiers of the 13th Light Brigade, replaced a unit of the 43th Mechanized Brigade in Lithuania. After an extensive Hand Over Take Over the unit was preparing for combat readiness. When completely ready a unit is declared Fully Operational Capable.

 

The 42 BLJ Bravo Company, the unit that took over as the Dutch Infantry Company in eFP Battle Group, managed to become Fully Operational Capable within 7 days. The unit already headed out and started it’s exercises in Lithuania.

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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
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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.

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 Troops of Luxembourg joined the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battlegroup in Lithuania
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Late in the evening of July 17 soldiers of Luxembourg arrived via Klaipėda to join the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battlegroup deployed in Lithuania since the beginning of this year. The Luxembourg Armed Forces soldiers will contribute to ensuring logistical support to the multinational military unit in Lithuania.

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 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on July 10-16, 2017
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On July 10-16 fighter aircraft deployed to conduct the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states carried out one A-scramble to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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 New Defence Attaché of Finland accredited to Lithuania
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On July 13 Defence Attaché of Finland in Lithuania changed over at a ceremony at the Ministry of National Defence. After holding the position since August 2014 Commander Jussi Parttyli Voutilainen onceded to Lieutenant Colonel Antti Edvard Hauvala.

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