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The Lithuanian National Defence Volunteer Force will sign the annual cooperation agreement with corresponding defence structures of the other Baltic States on its 25th anniversary on January 17. This year the agreement provides for an intensified combat training of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian volunteer forces and for "partnering" territorial defence units.

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Soldiers welcomed home after deployment to Afghanistan

"The mission command and foreign colleagues recognise the professionalism, sense of duty and excellent performance of Lithuanian soldiers deployed to the NATO operation in Afghanistan. I am certain that these best qualities of a soldier were determined by our history, the duty to protect the Motherland and the tradition to help others," Chief of the Operations Command, Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Col Raimundas Vaikšnoras said to the soldiers deployed home after the multinational operation in Afghanistan.

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Spanish Air Force Chief of Staff will visit Spain's air personnel conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in Lithuania

On January 28 Spanish Air Force Chief of Staff (Sp AF CoS) General Francisco Javier García Arnaiz and his delegation will meet with the Spanish air personnel conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic States from the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai during a visit in Lithuania.


Escorted by the Commander of Šiauliai Air Base Colonel Marius Matulaitis, Gen F. J. García Arnaiz will familiarise with the NATO Air Policing Mission, tasks and challenges.

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Lithuanian soldiers learn operating PzH2000 howitzers in Germany

Lithuanian troops continue learning from their German colleagues to operate self-propelled Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH2000) artillery systems that the Lithuanian Armed Forces have procured from Germany. Six Lithuanian soldiers have been undergoing a 3-month training course on PzH2000 maintenance and repair at the German Army Training Centre in Aachen since mid-January. A part of them are with General Romualdas Giedraitis Artillery Battalion of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf, the battalion which will be using the German howitzers, and the other part are maintenance specialists with the Depot Storage Service of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

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NATO Military Committee focused on further NATO guidance

On January 21 Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas took part in a NATO Chiefs of Defence meeting in Brussels (Belgium) where the NATO Chiefs of Defence and the NATO strategic commanders agreed on future guidance for the Alliance with the ultimate goal of defining NATO adaptation to the changed global and European security and responding to security challenges.

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Nordic and Baltic Chiefs of Defence will discuss military cooperation at a meeting in Estonia

On January 14 the Chiefs of Defence of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden will hold the annual Nordic-Baltic Chiefs of Defence meeting in Kuressaare, Estonia.


The Chiefs of Defence of the Nordic and Baltic countries are expected to address regional security and the steps the countries have taken to respond to the changing security situation in the Baltic Sea region. Other points for discussion are planned to be the development of security policy, preparations for the NATO Summit in Warsaw to be held this July, lessons learnt in rendering Host Nation Support for allies, and participation in NATO, EU and UN operations.

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Defence cooperation between Lithuania and Spain discussed in Vilnius

Video report (by Lukas Kalvaitis)

On January 7-8 Chief of Defence Staff of Spain General Admiral Fernando García Sánchez and his delegation conducted a formal visit in Lithuania. On January 8 the guest met Vice Minister of National Defence Marijus Velička, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas and other representatives of the Ministry of National Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces, during the visit in Vilnius.

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