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The Chief of Defence of Lithuania, Major General Jonas Vytautas Žukas expressed his delight with interesting and intense discussions on further NATO's actions in response to the changed international security situation when summarizing the results of NATO Military Committee Conference 2014 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

 

While giving his estimation of the measures NATO had already taken and had planned for ensuring the Baltic States' security, MG J. V. Žukas highlighted that the key task for the Lithuanian Armed Forces was to get ready appropriately for a possible deployment of allied forces.

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Lithuanian soldiers farewelled the third rotation of their colleagues from the United States
On September 24 the third rotation of troops from the United States Army in Europe's 173rd Airborne Infantry Brigade were farewelled at a formal ceremony held at Rukla garrison. After nearly two months of combined combat training it will be replaced by the 2nd Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, stationed in Texas, U.S.A., that will continue the joint training with Lithuanian forces.

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U.S. and Lithuanian military will conduct a combined exercise to practice firing artillery guns at airborne targets over the Baltic Sea
On September 24-25 soldiers of Lithuania and the United States will for the first time together train shooting at airborne targets over the Baltic Sea at a combined artillery live-fire exercise. Over 100 members of the Lithuanian Land Force and the 4th Battalion, 319th Field Artillery (105-mm howitzer) Regiment (4-319 AFAR) of the 173rd Airborne Brigade will deliver artillery fire from firing positions in Brigadier General Povilas Plechavičius Training Range in Kairiai (Klaipėdos distr.).

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Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One under Lithuanian command paid a port visit to Rostock
On September 19-22 Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One, SNMCMG1, led by a Lithuanian officer paid a port visit to Rostock, Germany. The unit is deployed in the Baltic Sea region so that maritime security is enhanced and NATO solidarity and commitment to collective defence are ensured.

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Chief of the Defence Staff of Canada met with Chief of Defence of Lithuania and Canadian military personnel deployed in Šiauliai

On September 19 Chief of the Defence Staff of Canada General Thomas J. Lawson met with the Canadian Air Contingent deployed at the Šiauliai Air Base of the Lithuanian Air Force to strengthen the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission. During the visit General T. J. Lawson also met with Chief of Defence of Lithuanian Major General Jonas Vytautas Žukas.

 

During the visit at the Air Base the activity and infrastructure of the facilities, and the continually conducted NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic States were presented to the guest. General T. J. Lawson also reviewed the F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-18 Hornet fighter jets of the Portuguese and Canadian Air Forces respectively that are contributing the current rotation of the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission.

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Lithuanian Land Force troops amidst intense training at Exercise Maple Arch 2014
International Exercise Maple Arch 2014 running in Poland on September 8-19 in Poland entered active phase. The operational plan generated after a week-long planning process is undergoing a suitability test on Joint Conflict and Tactical Simulation System (JCATS). The participants of the exercise underway for the second week are testing the operational plans they have made, and respond to events and changing situations generated in advance by EXCON personnel.

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Lithuanian contingent returned from NATO operation in Turkey
On September 11 a homecoming ceremony was held at the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas Staff Battalion for the Lithuanian military contingent coming back from NATO operation Active Fence in Turkey. Five soldiers of the Deployable Communication and Information Systems Module (DCISM) of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas Staff Battalion carried out service in the Republic of Turkey for over four months incorporated into the 3rd NATO Signal Battalion.

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