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On 22 August 1994 the first Lithuanian peace support platoon LITPLA-1 of 32 soldiers led by Capt Artūras Chrapko left for Croatia. Just a quarter of a century has passed since that day – for this period precisely Lithuania has been participating in various international operations thus contributing to international efforts to create a more secure environment and stabilise situation in crisis-stricken regions.

 
 Cutting-edge defence technologies are being tested in the Baltic Sea to enhance European maritime security
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On 19-20 August the Lithuanian Navy and Baltic Institute of Advanced Technology (BPTI) have conducted unique trials in the Baltic Sea: communication technologies have been tested that should enable real-time information exchange about the maritime environment using aerial, surface and underwater drones. These activities are conducted under the frame of the EU funded project OCEAN2020 designed for the development of military maritime innovations.

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 The number of 1st year cadets in the Military Academy of Lithuania nearly doubles this year
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Even though the numbers of school graduates are on the decrease, significantly more young people have been admitted to the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania. This year has seen the highest number of entrants since 2003 – 77 cadets, including 16 young women, have started the studies in the only higher education institution in Lithuania that provides officers for the Lithuanian Armed Forces. That makes almost double the number of young people that chose the path of an officer last year.

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 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders August 5 – 11, 2019
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On August 5 –11 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states carried out 9 alert scrambles to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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 New Defence Attaché of Hungary accredited to Lithuania
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On August 2 new Defence Attaché of Hungary Lt Col Lajos Szalavari was accredited to Lithuania and outgoing Defence Attaché Lt COl József Szabó farewelled at a ceremony at the Ministry of National Defence.

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 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders July 29 – August 4, 2019
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On July 29 – August 4 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states carried out 14 alert scrambles to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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 The eFP sends a strong message to our adversaries: NATO is indivisible, and the key rule of unity when all allies stand for one is viable and intact, Vice Minister of National Defence V. Umbrasas says
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Video report

On August 1 change of command and rotations ceremony took place in the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Rukla. Representative of the German Army Lieutenant Colonel Peer Papenbroock will hand over the command to his fellow German representative Lieutenant Colonel Rouven Habel after having been in charge of the NATO eFP Battalion Battle Group Lithuania since February. Lt Col Rouven Habel is the commander of the 391st Mechanised Infantry Battalion of the Bundeswehr.

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