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On July 24 a formal change of command ceremony of the Chiefs of Defence of Lithuania was held at the Cathedral Square of Vilnius. The outgoing Chief of Defence Lieutenant General Arvydas Pocius who led the Lithuanian Armed Forces in 2009-2014 was formally replaced by Major General Jonas Vytautas Žukas.

 

Dalia Grybauskaitė, the President of the Republic of Lithuania and the Commander-in-Chief of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, underlined at the ceremony that there were fundamental works awaiting the new Chief of Defence, namely, enhancement of national and collective defence capabilities, protection of airspace, manning of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, reserve training, and strengthening of volunteer forces.

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Lithuania's military personnel attend water survival exercise
On July 28 - August 1 30 troops of the Lithuanian Air Force are training in an international water survival exercise Baltic Bikini 2014 in the territorial waters of Latvia (the Gulf of Riga).

 

The week-long training event involves over 100 flying personnel of the Lithuanian, Latvian and the Estonian Air Forces. At the exercise aircrews are practising survival after ditching and testing survival equipment handling skills.

 

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The Šakiai took part in an international search and rescue exercise

On July 28-29 search and rescue and counter pollution vessel Šakiai of the Lithuanian Navy took part in a trilateral search and rescue exercise SAREX 14. It is an annual civilian exercise for Lithuanian, Polish and Russian ships with civilian crews.


The training event is organised and led annually by one of the participating nations. The trilateral SAREX 2014 was arranged by the Maritime Rescue and Coordination Centre in Gdynia (Poland) in the territorial waters and exclusive economic zone of Poland in the Baltic Sea. The exercise involved 9 vessels and 2 aircraft.

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Lithuanian and U.S. soldiers improved firing skills at the Pabradės Training Range
On July 23-25 military personnel of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade (MIB) Iron Wolf and the 173rd Airborne Brigade's 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment shared experience and honed their shooting skills at a joint live fire training event using 60 mm Brownings (M2HB) and 120 mm mortars at the General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Range in Pabradė.

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New Chief of Defence will be inaugurated in the Cathedral Square in Vilnius
On July 24 a formal change of command ceremony of the Chiefs of Defence of Lithuania will be held at the Cathedral Square of Vilnius. The outgoing Chief of Defence Lieutenant General Arvydas Pocius will be formally replaced by Major General Jonas Vytautas Žukas.

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Preparations for oncoming multinational training Saber Junction 2014

July 14, five-day preparation is conducted by representatives of U.S. Army in Europe's (USAREUR) Joint Multinational Training Command (JMTC), Germany, for staff personnel of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade (MIB) Iron Wolf in Rukla. The training is also attended by soldiers of USAREUR's 173rd Airborne Brigade.

 

"The staff of the MIB Iron Wolf will be completing wide spectrum operational planning and execution during Exercise Saber Junction in Germany, and also - command a brigade-sized unit comprising six battalions for the first time in its history. This joint brigade will include units and military from more than 10 countries, therefore challenges arising from differences in experience and operational procedures are lying ahead. The ongoing preparation period is a vital measure for overcoming the challenges to be met during the training," Commander MIB Iron Wolf Colonel Raimundas Vaikšnoras said.

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Lithuanian dragoons and U.S. paratroopers trained combat actions in urban area
Dust in the training range, another day wearing out with the heat of July, a bulletproof jacket weighing down your shoulders with its 20 kg, your helmet suddenly heavier and rivers of sweat running down your face and body ... That is what the second week of joint training in Klaipėda is like for soldiers of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Butigeidis Dragoon Battalion and the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade's 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment.

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