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Monday, August 13, the Government approved the new Cyber Security Strategy. The document drawn up by the Ministry of National Defence sets key directions of national cyber security policy in public and private sectors for the coming five years and embeds regulations of the European Union Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (the NIS Directive).

 
 Change of command at the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence
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On August 14 directors of the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence (ENSECCOE) will rotate during a formal ceremony. From August 2014 ENSECCOE in Vilnius was headed by Col Gintautas Bagdonas who will now be succeeded by Col Romualdas Petkevičius, ENSECCOE Director from the establishment in 2012 to 2014.

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 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on August 6 - 12, 2018
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On August 6 – 12 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled twice to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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 Joint Terminal Attack Controllers will be able to train in Kazlų Rūda Training Area
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As conditions of training for both, our and allied soldiers, in Lithuania are further enhanced, the work is also ongoing at the Lithuanian Armed Forces Kazlų Rūda Training Area, district of Marijampolė. The work is approaching completion and certification of an air firing range complying with NATO standards where aircraft crews will be able to train delivering fire at ground targets and Joint Terminal Attack Controllers will be able to train operating in concert with air capabilities.   

 

“Strengthening Lithuanian Armed Forces capabilities, modernisation and development of training areas in order to provide proper training conditions for our soldiers and hosting conditions to allied troops is one of the instances of the current modernisation of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and enhancement of capabilities,” Vice Minister Giedrimas Jeglinskas says.

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 Defence Attachés of the United Kingdom in Lithuania rotated
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On August 13 Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas presented the Medal of Merit to outgoing Defence Attaché of the United Kingdom in Lithuania Major Jane Witt and accredited her successor, Major Thomas O‘Boy. The ceremony was also attended by UK Chargé d’Affaires Julia Smith.

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 Traditional Tadas Dambrauskas Photography Contest “Lithuanian Armed Forces in Photography 2018” is opened
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The Ministry of National Defence opens the traditional, already 14th Tadas Dambrauskas Photography Contest “Lithuanian Armed Forces in Photography 2018”, in memory of combat photographer and  cameraman Tadas Dambrauskas.   

All professional and amateur photographers who had the chance to take photographs of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and NATO soldiers in Lithuania are invited to look through the pictures taken this year and in the end of last year, choose the best ones, and submit them for the contest. The pictures have to reflect military life: completion of combat tasks, soldiers during exercises and feasts, community engagement events, facing daily challenges and experiences, etc.

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 Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis expresses condolences over the Czech soldiers fallen in Afghanistan

Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis conveyed condolences to Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic Lubomir Metnar regarding the death of three soldiers of the Czech Republic killed in Afghanistan on Sunday. “This is a great loss both for the families of the perished servicemen and for your country which has sacrificed the lives of its servicemen for peace and brighter future of the Afghan people. Lithuania stands in solidarity with your nation in this difficult time,” Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis says in the condolences letter.

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