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Extension of rotation period of NATO air policing mission over the Baltic States under consideration
2009.05.19

NATO suggests extending a rotation period of air detachments involved in the NATO's air- policing mission over the three Baltic States -- from three up to four months.

 

The rotation extension would allow for reducing costs of the host nation as well as of those nations who are contributing their troops to the mission. In particular, it would allow for reducing military personnel, aircraft maintenance staff and technical equipment airlifting related costs. Upon extension of the rotation period, Lithuania, as the host nation, would allocate a relatively lower number of resources in preparing for receiving military units and aircraft fighters involved in the mission.

 

It is suggested that the first contingent to assume a four-month mission would be Turkey. The Turkish contingent's mission is scheduled to start on 1 April 2006. It is planned that the Turkish detachment would be replaced by Spanish troops and then --by a Belgian detachment.

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Ghor PRT to be remanned by another fifteen Lithuanian servicemen
2005.07.21
img On 22 July, another 15 servicemen are leaving for Afghanistan to join the Ghor Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT).

They are to form two mobile liaison observation groups and join an analogous group already on task within the Ghor province reconstruction mission. While en route along the province areas, members of these groups communicate with local residents and familiarise with problems and concerns of people in the remote parts of the province. They also survey a security situation in the region.

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Upcoming events for 18-24 July in the National Defence System of Lithuania
2005.07.15
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Lithuanian peacekeeping unit LITCON-6 leaving for a mission in Iraq
2005.07.13
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On Friday, 15 July a leaving ceremony of the Lithuanian contingent LITCON-6 is due to take place at the Lithuanian Grand Duke Kestutis Motorised Infantry Battalion in Taurage, western part of Lithuania. This is already the second rotation of troops who are leaving for a mission in Iraq from the Kestutis Battalion.

The 50 strong LITCON-6 rotation is formed from professional military personnel serving with battalions of the Lithuanian Motorised Infantry Brigade (MIBde) Iron Wolf, the Lithuanian Division General Stasys Rastikis Non-Commissioned Officers School, the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas Staff Battalion and the Lithuanian National Defence Volunteer Forces.

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Commander of the International Security Assistance Force visited Lithuanian troops in Afghanistan
2005.07.12

On Sunday, 10 July the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan Turkish Army Lieutenant General Ethem Erdagi and him accompanying delegation visited Lithuanian troops serving on a mission of the Ghor Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Afghanistan.

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Lithuanian Minister of National Defence met with Latvian Chief of Defence
2005.07.12

On Tuesday, 12 July Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Gediminas Kirkilas met with the Latvian Chief of Defence Vice-Admiral Gaidis Andrejs Zeibots, who is currently with a two-day visit to Lithuania.

The meeting focused on the Baltic military co-operation projects, NATO air policing mission in the Baltic States; the officials also talked over the on-going Latvian military reform.

During the visit to Lithuania, the Latvian Armed Forces Commander also met with his counterpart, Lithuanian Chief of Defence Major General Valdas Tutkus, representatives from the Defence Staff of the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence. While in Lithuania, Vice-Admiral Zeibots is also scheduled to visit the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania, Training and Doctrine Command, the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Siauliai

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Latvian Chief of Defence to come with an official visit to Lithuania
2005.07.11

On Tuesday, 12 July the Latvian Chief of Defence Vice-Admiral Gaidis Andrejs Zeibots comes with an official two-day visit to Lithuania. The Latvian Chief of Defence will be in Lithuania at the invitation of the Lithuanian Chief of Defence Major General Valdas Tutkus.

The programme of the visit of Vice-Admiral Zeibots will include meetings with Minister of National Defence Gediminas Kirkilas, Commander of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Major General Valdas Tutkus, military officers of the Defence Staff of the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence. The Latvian Chief of Defence is also scheduled to visit the Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania, the Training and Doctrine Command, the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Siauliai.

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LITDET-5 leaving for a mission in Iraq
2005.07.08
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On Monday, 11 July a leaving ceremony of the Lithuanian detachment LITDET-5 for Iraq will take place at the Lithuanian Grand Duchess Birute Motorised Infantry Battalion in Alytus. The top management of the Ministry of National Defence and Armed Forces, families of the leaving troops are expected to attend the ceremony.

While in Iraq, the LITDET-5, under command of First Lieutenant Nerijus Rocevičius, will perform within the composition of the Polish-led multinational division in the city of Al Hillah. The detachment consists of some 50 troops, majority of which have gained experience of participation in international missions, performed within previous compositions of LITDET detachments.

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Upcoming events for 11-17 July in the National Defence System of Lithuania
2005.07.08
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Extension of rotation period of NATO air policing mission over the Baltic States under consideration
2005.07.07

NATO suggests extending a rotation period of air detachments involved in the NATO air-policing mission over the three Baltic States -- from three up to four months.

 

The rotation extension would allow for reducing costs of the host nation as well as of those nations who are contributing their troops to the mission. In particular, it would allow for reducing military personnel, aircraft maintenance staff and technical equipment airlifting related costs. Upon extension of the rotation period, Lithuania, as the host nation, would allocate a relatively lower number of resources in preparing for receiving military units and aircraft fighters involved in the mission.

 

It is suggested that the first contingent to assume a four-month mission would be Turkey. The Turkish contingent's mission is scheduled to start on 1 April 2006. It is planned that the Turkish detachment would be replaced by Spanish troops and then --by a Belgian detachment.

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