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News archive (2020 - 08)

In the face of a pandemic, Lithuania is not reducing its obligations to ensure international security
2020.08.31
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"Participation in multinational operations helps to strengthen solidarity between NATO countries and contributes to the efforts of the entire Euro-Atlantic community to tackle security challenges together. In order to live in a secure world, we must also create security ourselves, ”says Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis, emphasizing that Lithuanian military personnel have been participating in multinational missions and operations in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Indian Ocean for more than a quarter of a century.

 

 

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Outgoing Defence Attaché of the United Kingdom was awarded a medal
2020.08.27
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On August 27 a farewell ceremony with the United Kingdom Defence Attaché in Lithuania Maj Thomas O’Boy was held at the Ministry of National Defence, during which Vice Minister Eimutis Misiūnas awarded the Medal of Merit.

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New German Defence Attaché to Lithuania accredited
2020.08.26
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On August 25, the changeover ceremony of German Defence Attaché to Lithuania was organised at the Ministry of National Defence. Vice Minister of National Defence Eimutis Misiūnas presented departing German Defence Attaché Lt Col Thorsten Fries with the Medal of Merit in recognition of his efforts in strengthening bilateral defence cooperation. The Vice Minister also wished the incoming German Defence Attaché to Lithuania Lt Col Konstantin Bellini to continue the intensive cooperation between the two countries in the fields of defence and security.

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Minister R. Karoblis:
2020.08.24
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On August 24 at the meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis discussed the situation in Belarus, current bilateral relations between Lithuania and the United States, and issues of NATO and defence cooperation.

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“This exercise in Pabradė increases Griffin Brigade capabilities and interoperability with U.S. allies,“ Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis says
2020.08.13
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August 13, Ministry of National Defence and Lithuanian Armed Forces leadership , other distinguished visitors and media representatives observed Exercise Griffin Strike 2020/Hunter 2020 at the Pabradė Training Area. The training event wraps Friday: ahead of that, the training audience demonstrated interaction of combat, antitank, and artillery units to the distinguished visitors. The demo operation comprised land force actions and live combined arms fire support from M50 howitzers, Javelin anti-tank systems, heavy machine-guns and automatic grenade launchers, and close air support with missiles and autocannons from the U.S. Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopters.

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Traditional Tadas Dambrauskas Photography Contest “Lithuanian Armed Forces in Photography 2020” is opened
2020.08.12
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The Ministry of National Defence opens the traditional, already 16th Tadas Dambrauskas Photography Contest “Lithuanian Armed Forces in Photography 2020”, in memory of combat photographer and cameraman Tadas Dambrauskas.

 

All professional and amateur photographers who had the chance to take photographs of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and NATO soldiers in Lithuania are invited to look through the pictures taken this year and in the end of last year, choose the best ones, and submit them for the contest. The pictures have to reflect military life: completion of combat tasks, soldiers during exercises and feasts, community engagement events, facing daily challenges and experiences, etc.

 

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders August 3 – 9, 2020
2020.08.10
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On August 3 – 9 fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states carried out three alert scrambles to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in the international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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New Defence Attaché of the Netherlands accredited to Lithuania
2020.08.07
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On August 7 Defence Attaché of the Netherlands to Lithuania Lt Col Benedictus Rijnenberg whose term in office had ended was farewelled and incoming Defence Attaché Lt Col Laine den Hollander was accredited at a ceremony at the Ministry of National Defence.

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Vice Minister of National Defence E. Misiūnas met with Commander of the Italian Air Force Combat Forces Command
2020.08.06
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On August 6 Vice Minister of National Defence Eimutis Misiūnas met with Commander of the Italian Air Force Combat Forces Command Major General Francesco Vestito to discuss bilateral cooperation, security situation in the region, and other relevant matters.

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U.S. investment tripled Lithuanian Air Force Base capacity to host allied aircraft
2020.08.05
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Elements of infrastructure built at the Lithuanian Armed Forces Air Force Base in Šiauliai on U.S. donations were handed over to the Lithuanian Armed Forces. New ground equipment maintenance hangars, OPS facility, three fighter aprons, up-to-date fighter arresting gear and installation of area security lighting, several taxiways and areas and roads for ground vehicles enhance readiness of the Lithuanian Air Force Base to host NATO allies, strengthen deterrence, and improve interoperability.

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