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Lietuvoje lankėsi JAV specialiųjų operacijų pajėgų Europoje vadas
2009.12.16
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Gruodžio 15-16 d. Lietuvoje su oficialiu vizitu viešėjo JAV specialiųjų operacijų pajėgų Europoje vadas (angl. Special Operations Command Europe, SOCEUR), NATO specialiųjų operacijų koordinavimo centro direktorius, generolas majoras Frankas J. Kisneris (Frank J. Kisner).

 

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Rygoje Baltijos šalių gynybos ministrai pasirašė bendradarbiavimo komunikatą
2009.12.11
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Gruodžio 11 d. Latvijos sostinėje Rygoje susitiko Lietuvos krašto apsaugos ministrė Rasa Juknevičienė, Latvijos gynybos ministras Imantas Liegis (Imants Lieģis) ir Estijos gynybos ministras Jaakas Aavikso (Jaak Aaviksoo). Tradiciškai du kartus per metus vykstančiame susitikime buvo aptartos Baltijos šalių karinio bendradarbiavimo aktualijos.

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Large amount of unexploded ammunition found in Ghowr
2009.10.05
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September 30, 70 unexploded 82 mm calibre mortar mines where found during a PRT patrol in Badgah village of Ghowr.

 

After examination on the site PRT deminers decided to take the mines for destruction in a PRT firing range near Chaghcharan. „It has been the biggest amount of explosives found by the PRT in Ghowr territory so far. All the mines found date back to the war between the Soviet Union and Afghanistan", said Commander of PRT engineering unit Capt. Ričardas Margelis. He emphasised that in the hands of insurgents the mines could be turned into the IED, a constant threat to multinational peacekeeping forces deployed in Afghanistan.

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Stasys Raštikis NCO School hosted international conference for heads of the Baltic and Nordic war schools
2009.09.30
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September 23-24, Stasys Raštikis NCO School for the first time hosted international conference of commanders of war schools of Baltic and Nordic countries' armed forces. It was attended by commanders and deputy commanders of war schools of Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Finland, and Sweden.

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Government of Japan will finance constructions of new schools in Ghowr
2009.09.30
imgSeptember 26-29, Ambassador of Japan Shigeyuki Hiroki visited Ghowr, province of Afghanistan, protected by the Lithuanian-led PRT-9. The main purpose of the Ambassador's visit was signing an agreement with representatives of Afghan NGOs on constructions of four new schools in the province.
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New Defence Attaché of Latvia will be accredited to Lithuania
2009.09.29
imgSeptember 28, Maj. Inese Kučere, the new Defence Attaché of Latvia will be accredited to Lithuania at the Ministry of National Defence.

Maj. M. Kučere will also serve as Defence Attaché of Latvia for the Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary, the new Defence Attaché will be based in Riga.

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Vice Minister of National Defence attended informal EU Defence Ministers' meeting
2009.09.29
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September 28-29, Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas  took part in an informal EU Defence Ministers' meeting in Göteborg (Sweden).

 

In the meeting the Ministers will discuss military operations of the EU, situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan, maritime surveillance and civilian-military coordination initiatives of the EU. The leading defence authorities will also look at the points of employing the EU Battlegroups as well as seek to settle budget of the European Agency for 2009 and a three-year financial perspective.

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Traditional autumn tour of Defence Attachés accredited in Lithuania will be held in Nida and Klaipėda
2009.09.29
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On September 29-30 a traditional autumn tour of Defence Attachés accredited to Lithuania will take place in Klaipėda and Nida.

On September 29 Defence Attachés will visit Headquarters of the Lithuanian Naval Force (LNF) in Klaipėda to meet with the naval command and hear a presentation about the Lithuanian Naval Force and activities of LNF Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre. Later the guests will be invited to take a look at the vessels of the Naval Flotilla.

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Troops of Lithuanian Special Operations Forces took part in an international exercise in Croatia
2009.09.29
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Soldiers of the Lithuanian Special Operations Forces took part in the largest international exercise for special operations forces „Jackal Stone 09" hosted by Croatia from September 10 to 29.

More than 1 thousand of special operations forces personnel gathered to the exercise from 7 NATO members: Lithuania, Albania, the US, Poland, Croatia, Romania, and Hungary, and three partner states - Macedonia, Sweden, and Ukraine.

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Ghowr celebrated the International Day of Peace
2009.09.29
imgOn the last weekend of September Chaghcharan PRT-9 and members of Afghan youth organisation organised celebration of the International Day of Peace in Ghowr. The celebration in Chaghcharan took place one week later than in the rest of the country because of the organisers' intention to make it coincide with a weekend and to have more youth and children to attend it.
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