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Spain to take over Baltic air-policing mission from Turkey
On Tuesday, 1 August a ceremony of changing of military contingents involved in the NATO's Baltic air-policing mission is scheduled to take place at the Lithuanian Air Force Aviation Base in Siauliai. The mission will be taken by Spanish personnel from Turkey. The mission take-over ceremony will be attended by Vice-Minister of National Defence Antanas Valys, Turkish Ambassador to Lithuania Kadriye Sanivar Kizildeli, Spanish Ambassador to Lithuania Fidel Lopez Alvarez, Lithuanian Chief of Defence, Major General Valdas Tutkus, air force commanders of Lithuania, Latvia, representatives from Turkish, Spanish Air Force, and other guests.
Lithuanian delegation visited the Ghor Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan
imgOn 17-24 July a group of Lithuanian diplomats, non-governmental organization and business representatives are scouting out where the funds allocated by Lithuania for the reconstruction of Afghanistan are needed the most. The delegation is led by Ginte Damusyte, Lithuanian Foreign Ministry's ambassador for special assignments and coordinator of Afghanistan's reconstruction. The delegation includes representatives of the Foreign Ministry, the Defense Ministry, NGOs.
Lithuanian serviceman injured in Iraq
A serviceman of Lithuania's LITCON-7 contingent was injured in an attack on international forces in southern Iraq. The incident occurred at around 10 a.m. Lithuanian time on Tuesday, when Lithuanian servicemen escorting civilian-military cooperation specialists on the outskirts of Basra came under fire from a group of unidentified persons. One serviceman sustained a slight shoulder injury.
A Russian military plane An-30B will perform an observation flight over Lithuania this week
imgOn 10-14 July a Russian military plane An-30B perform an observation flight over Lithuania. The flight will be performed within the framework of the Treaty on Open Skies. Lithuania ratified the treaty in December 2004. It came into effect in July 2005. The treaty is aimed at enhancing confidence and mutual understanding among parties to the agreement.
Naming of new navy ship in Klaipėda
The Lithuanian Navy's new Vidar command and support ship purchased in Norway earlier this year will be renamed into Jotvingis in honor of the old Baltic nation known for its courage and mastership of art of war.
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