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On July 15, during commemoration of the 606th anniversary of the Lithuanian Land Force, command of the service was transferred to Brigadier General Valdemaras Rupšys. Prior to the changeover ceremony he was promoted to brigadier general from the rank of colonel at the Presidential Palace in Vilnius. The new commander replaced Major General Almantas Leika after four years in the position.


Video report: https://youtu.be/vTa6keZYtLw

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Lithuanian officers train in JEF exercise in the United Kingdom

From June 27 through July 10 three Lithuanian officers (one officer assigned to the headquarters and two operations and logistics specialists) attend Command Post Exercise (CPX) Joint Venture 2016 in the United Kingdom. The exercise tests the level of readiness of the Standing Joint Force Headquarters of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF), including Lithuanian military personnel. Colonel Raimundas Vaikšnoras, Chief of the Operations Command, Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, observed the exercise and met with Lithuanian participants in the UK.

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Military off-road vehicles procured from the Netherlands are on the way to Lithuania

From June 27 to July 15 roughly 150 used Mercedes-Benz GD military all-terrain vehicles are being transported from the Netherlands to complement ATV pool of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. These all-terrain vehicles are in good technical. Primarily the vehicles are taken to the Depot Storage Service of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, and later distributed to different units.

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The Lithuanian Armed Forces is getting equipped with world's most advanced self-propelled howitzers PzH2000

On June 24 two 155 mm self-propelled PzH2000 (Panzerhaubitze 2000) howitzers the Lithuanian Armed Forces have acquired from the German Armed Forces were brought to General Romualdas Giedraitis Artillery Battalion, Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf. These are the first of the 16 155mm self-propelled howitzers bought for combat purposes by the Lithuanian Armed Forces from the German Armed Forces under a contract signed last September, 5 more are acquired for training and spare parts.

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Representatives of the Ministry of National Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces observed Boxer infantry fighting vehicle prototype tests in Germany

On June 22 Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas and a delegation formed by representatives of the Ministry of National Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces observed tests of prototype Boxer infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) arranged by the ARTEC industrial group in Klietz training area, Germany.


"I appreciate the manufacturer's effort to demonstrate a prototype in operation in accordance with Lithuania's requirements ahead of signing an agreement," the Chief of Defence of Lithuania said.

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Team of the NATO Force Integration Unit underscores Lithuania's support to its operation

On June 17 leadership of the NATO Force Integration Unit Lithuania (NFIU LTU) presented the NFIU activities to the Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas.


"At the culmination of 9 months of hard work by the 14 Nation NFIU team, made up of very competent professionals, from very different backgrounds and expertise, working to achieve the main objective of ensuring that if a NATO Very High Readiness Task Force had to come into Lithuania, we could facilitate their arrival and movement as well as that of any follow-on forces. Colonel Jakob Larson NFIU LTU Commander said while also emphasising the value of the support of Lithuania as the host nation.

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The part of Exercise Iron Wolf 2016 running in Pabradė wrapped up with a dynamic display

On June 16 a dynamic display preceded closing ceremony of the part of multinational Exercise Iron Wolf 2016 held at General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė.


"In the context of the current geopolitical situation it is critical to have multinational military exercises in our region. I welcome very much the annually increasing numbers of allied and partner forces training in Lithuania. Exercises offer a great format for international cooperation, an excellent place for soldiers to get to know each other, share experience and hone cohesion," Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General said in front of the parade.

Video by Sgt Sp 1st Class Lukas Kalvaitis: https://youtu.be/P2hRHKBB10c

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