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News archive (2015 - 02)

The first thing we expect is volunteering, Chief of Defence says
2015.02.27
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In case the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania imposes a 9-month Continuous Initial Mandatory Military Service instead of the currently approved mode of initial mandatory military service, the 12-week long Basic Military Training, it would follow the same principle of draft as is valid now. In the first place, young people are expected to join the service voluntarily. In case a sufficient number of voluntary conscripts have not turned out, mandatory conscription would be implemented.

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Lithuanian military concluded one more mission in Afghanistan
2015.02.27
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As the Lithuanian Special Mission in Afghanistan will be pulled out after running for 10 years as of this the 1st of March, 2015, by decision of the Lithuanian Government, the Protection Team of the Head of the Lithuanian Special Mission in Afghanistan ended their tour of duty on February 26 and returned to Lithuania. The Protection Team was deployed in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, throughout the ten years of operation.

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Combined U.S.-Lithuanian training at Pabradė
2015.02.26
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Roughly 250 soldiers from the company of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Division, U.S. Army, and the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion are training at Exercise Joint Punch at the Gaižiūnų Training Area (Pabradė) this week. The key exercise objectives are to put to test and improve interoperability of allied units in offensive, defensive, security and stabilisation operations.

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NATO approach to defence planning has to change, Defence Policy Director of the ministry of National Defence Dr Vaidotas Urbelis
2015.02.26
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At the annual NATO Defence Planning Symposium at Oberammergau (Germany) on February 24 through 26 Defence Policy Director of the ministry of National Defence Dr Vaidotas Urbelis underscored that NATO approach to defence planning had to change.

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Join the 11th Tadas Dambrauskas Photography Contest “Lithuanian Armed Forces in Photography 2014–2015“
2015.02.26
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Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence announces to everyone interested in photography and the military that the 11th traditional Tadas Dambrauskas Photography Contest “Lithuanian Armed Forces in Photography 2014-2015 has begun.

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National Defence Systems begins preparations for prospective resumption of conscription
2015.02.24
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On the basis of the decision made by the State Defence Council on February 24 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas assigned to the Chief of Defence to begin preparations for draft to the 9 month  initial mandatory  military service.

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Minister of National Defence signed an arrangement regulating legal status of the international military NATO headquarters in Lithuania
2015.02.23
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On February 20 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas endorsed an agreement between Lithuania, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) and Allied Command Transformation (ACT) laying down the legal status of the international military NATO headquarters in Lithuania.

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Data on interceptions of vessels and aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders from 17 to 22 February 2015
2015.02.23
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On February 17 through 22, 2015, no scrambles of NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission fighter jets were triggered to intercept foreign aircraft approaching the borderline of the Baltic States.

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Minister of National Defence and Ambassador of Israel discussed possibilities of strengthening defence cooperation
2015.02.20
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On February 20 at a meeting with Amir Maimon, the first Ambassador of Israel designated to Lithuania, Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas underscored that opening of the Embassy of Israel in Vilnius would strengthen bilateral relations, including in the area of defence. The Embassy was opened on 26 January 2015.

 

At the meeting the Lithuanian and Israeli officials discussed the situation in Ukraine, and threats of terrorism in the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

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International seminar on maritime security will close Lithuania’s lead of the Sea Surveillance Co-operation Baltic Sea project
2015.02.20
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On March 12 in Hamburg, Germany, countries of the Sea Surveillance Co-operation Baltic Sea (SUCBAS) will arrange a seminar on maritime safety issues “Commitment – Regional Aspects for Global Effects!”

 

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