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By getting knowledge of NATO allies capabilities, opportunities, and knowledge of operational procedures, military operations planning, individual tasks training and purposeful preparation for operations conduct in real terrain, the first phase of the multinational exercise Saber Junction got in full swing. In the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Germany, in the training area near Hohenfels more than 250 soldiers from Lithuanian Land Force and assigned elements along with the NATO allies and partner nations are training to carry a wide range of military operations.

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Representatives of the U.S. Congress paid a visit to the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf
On August 7 U.S. Congressman Devin Nunes and a delegation paid a work visit to the Mechanised Infantry Brigade (MIB) Iron Wolf (Lithuanian Land Force). During the visit the U.S. representatives familiarised with the relevant issues of deployment and combined training of the 173rd Airborne Brigade's 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment and the MIB Iron Wolf.

 

At a meeting with Commander MIB Iron Wolf Colonel Raimundas Vaikšnoras and the leadership of the U.S. unit deployed in Rukla the guests discussed integration of U.S. military into the general combat training schedule of the Lithuanian Land Force and the MIB Iron Wolf, common objectives, tasks and course, reviewed the recent and the upcoming exercises in Lithuania and abroad, and other issues.

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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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Major General Jonas Vytautas Žukas inaugurated as the new Chief of Defence in the Cathedral Square in Vilnius

Photo gallery (Alfredas Pliadis)

Video report (Lukas Kalvaitis)

 

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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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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