Defence Attaché of Denmark to Lithuania Colonel Niels Johansen will continue performing the duties for the next two years. The tenure of the Danish officer appointed in the summer of 2018 has been extended until November 2023.
Col N. H. Johansen is based in Lithuania, he is a graduate of the Royal Danish Military Academy and the Royal Danish Defence College , served across different units of the Danish Defence. Before the appointment to Lithuania, Col N. H. Johansen held a position at the NATO Multinational Corps Northeast (MNC NE).
The Danish contribution to the regional security is highly valued. The country is among the most active participants of the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states with its eighth contribution conducting the current mission. Danish officer Colonel Peter Nielsen is in command of the NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU) established in Vilnius in 2015 to facilitate deployment of the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) if needed. Denmark also has a contingent in the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Estonia.
Denmark has been consistently supporting Lithuania politically and practically since the early stages of Lithuanian Armed Forces formation. Denmark was also Lithuania’s first partner in international operations: in 1994-1996 in Croatia (UNPROFOR), Lithuania’s first international deployment with 90 troops in composition of the Danish Battalion. Lithuania and Denmark also cooperated in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The longstanding cooperation in multinational operations also determined the standby of the Lithuanian Grand Duchess Birutė Uhlan Battalion company for the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) in composition of the Danish Battalion.