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Commanding General of United States Army in Europe paid a work visit to Rukla, met with U.S. troops recently deployed in Lithuania
2014.04.30
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On April 29 Lieutenant General Donald M. Campbell Jr., the Commanding General of the United States Army in Europe (USAREUR), conducted a work visit at the Mechanised Infantry Brigade (MIB) Iron Wolf of the Lithuanian Armed Forces in Rukla.

 

The high-ranking officer arrived to discuss readiness of the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade which has deployed a team  in Lithuania recently to complete joint tasks with units of the Lithuanian Land Force, and perspectives of further cooperation with the Lithuanian Armed Forces in the area of combat training.

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Enhancement of air policing capabilities demonstrate NATO solidarity and collective defence commitment, Minister of National Defence says
2014.04.30
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“We have been privileged to hold rotation ceremonies for NATO’s Baltic air policing contingents for a decade. However, today we have a ceremony we never had before. As the security situation has changed and NATO has made a corresponding decision, today we are hosting more allied forces in the Baltic Region, more allied fighter aircraft, more NATO member states represented at the Šiauliai Air Base and the Baltic Region,” Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas said at the formal changeover ceremony for NATO’s Baltic air policing contingents on April 30 at the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai.

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Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas and Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom will meet in Šiauliai
2014.04.30
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On May 2 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas and Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom Phillip Hammond will meet at the Šiauliai Air Base of the Lithuanian Air Force.

 

The top-ranking defence officials are expected to address regional security, NATO’s Baltic Air Policing Mission and others relevant issues of bilateral military cooperation.

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Formal rotation ceremony for contingents conducting NATO’s Baltic Air Policing Mission in Šiauliai
2014.04.29
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On April 30 a formal rotation ceremony of air contingents deployed on the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission will take place at the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai. Following a four-month rotation and an augmentation the United States’ Air Contingent will be replaced by Polish military with four Mig-29 fighter jets. Their mission, too, will be strengthened by 4 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets contributed by the United Kingdom.

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New Belgium’s Defence Attaché accredited to Lithuania
2014.04.29
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On April 29 Colonel Guy Hanoulle was accredited as Defence Attaché of Belgium to Lithuania at a formal ceremony at the Ministry of National Defence. The new Belgium’s Defence Attaché was congratulated by Vice Minister of National Defence Antanas Valys, Ambassador of Belgium to Lithuania Peter Gaston Marcella Lescouhier, representatives of the Ministry of National Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

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Fighter jets of the Royal Air Force have landed in Lithuania, Polish aircraft to arrive tomorrow
2014.04.28
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On April 28 four Eurofighter Typhoons of the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom landed in the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai, the additional air capability will strengthen the incoming Polish rotation of the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission.

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NATO is reinforcing its commitment to collective defence in the Baltic States, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe says
2014.04.28
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On April 28 Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR) General Sir Adrian Bradshaw paid a visit to Vilnius. General A. Bradshaw met with Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Arvydas Pocius, and representatives of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

 

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NATO’s Baltic Air Policing Mission will pass from U.S. troops to Polish and British air capabilities
2014.04.27
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On April 28 four Eurofighter Typhoons of the British Royal Air Force will land at the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai. The aircraft will strengthen the Polish Air Contingent which will take over the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission from the United States. British personnel, equipment and materiel for mission purposes will arrive in Šiauliai by a C-17 transport aircraft.

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People of Lithuania can be proud of the professional Armed Forces and the true, responsible and solidary partners they have, Minister of National Defence says
2014.04.26
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On April 26 a company-sized element of the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade was deployed to Lithuania to carry out bilateral exercises based on collective defence tasks with Lithuanian military. The U.S. paratroopers arrived in the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai in two U.S. C-130s.

 

The U.S. military were welcomed in Lithuania by President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas, U.S. Ambassador in Lithuania Deborah A. McCarthy, Chief of Defence Lieutenant General Arvydas Pocius, Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army in Europe Major General Richard C. Longo, and personnel of the Lithuanian Land Force.

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Lithuanian troops will leave for NATO missile defence mission in Turkey
2014.04.25
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On April 25 Lithuanian troops were formally deployed to NATO’s missile defence operation unofficially called Active Fence, in Turkey at a ceremony at the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas Headquarters Battalion. Five members of the Deployable Communications and Information System Module (DCISM) of the Lithuanian Armed Forces assigned to the 3rd NATO Signal Battalion will leave for Turkey on April 26.

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