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On May 27 international mine countermeasures operation Open Spirit 2016 held in the exclusive economic zone and international waters of Lithuania concluded from May 16. The largest operation in the Baltic Sea this year, Open Spirit 2016 resulted in surveying 54 nautical miles of seafloor, identification of 912 objects with 18 confirmed to be explosives (15 naval mines and 3 torpedoes). All but one of the explosives were destroyed on the sport with explosives of smaller demolition power. There were also 34 anchors of naval mines, fragments of two missiles, 3 dummy naval mines, and 3 shipwrecks were found while searching for explosives remnants of World War I and World War II.

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NATO Force Integration Unit Lithuania supports Dragoon Ride II
Vilnius, Lithuania: The 2nd Cavalry Regiment will conduct Dragoon Ride II from May 27 through 15 of June, 2016. This exercice consists on a vehicle road march using Stryker Combat Vehicles, Field Artillery Howitzers and support vehicles, which are departing from Germany (Rose Barracks) and arriving to Estonia (Tapa), attach to the regiment is a German reconnaissance company from Panzerbrigade 12.

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Approx. 10 thousand soldiers from 13 NATO allies will take part in military drills in Lithuania and the Baltic States

On May 27 through June 23 U.S. Army Europe organises the annual multinational Exercise Saber Strike in the Baltic States.


The exercise enhances interoperability of the participating nations in wide spectrum military operations. The 6th iteration of Exercise Saber Strike will train roughly 10 thousand troops from 13 NATO allies and partners: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

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SNMG1 ships on a visit in Klaipėda

On May 16 through 18 two ships of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) frigate ESPS Alvaro de Bazan (Spain) and HMS Iron Duke (UK) conduct a visit to Klaipėda Seaport.

 

During the visit SNMG1 Commander Admiral Jose Enrique Delgado (Spain) and commanding officers of the ships will meet with the mayor of Klaipėda and Commander of the Lithuanian Navy. Also, tribute will be paid to the soldiers of the United Kingdom killed during World War I and buried in Vitė Cemetery.

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Cooperation between U.S. Army and the Lithuanian Armed Forces discussed in Vilnius

 

"We have discussed with Brigadier General James J. Mingus, Deputy Commanding Officer of the 4th Infantry Division, U.S. Army, the actions needed to ensure the readiness for further deployment of NATO units along its outward borders, and also for potential political decisions to be made at the NATO Summit in Warsaw in July," Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas said after the meeting in Vilnius on May 5. The need to refine plans of joint military training and the necessity to arrange exercises with regard to Lithuanian and NATO defence plans and rules of engagement of NATO forces.

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Chief of Defence of Spain General Admiral Fernando García Sánchez on visit in Lithuania

On May 4 a Portuguese Air Force detachment took over the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission from Spain at a formal rotation ceremony in Šiauliai Air Base.


Chief of Defence of Spain General Admiral underscored at the changeover ceremony the importance of the mission and called it a strategic effort that ensures control of NATO air borders. "Participation in this mission is a demonstration of Spain's solidarity and commitment to NATO collective defence," Gen Adm Fernando Garcia Sanchez said.

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Baltic Chiefs of Defence unanimously agreed to further enhance interoperability at the meeting in Estonia
On April 19-20 Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas took part in meeting in Tapa, Estonia, where Baltic Chiefs of Defence discussed regional security and defence cooperation.

 

Lt Gen J. V. Žukas of Lithuania, Chief of Defence of Estonia Lieutenant General Riho Terras, and Chief of Defence of Latvia Lieutenant General Raimonds Graube, as Baltic Military Committee, discussed current security situation, Baltic cooperation, and further development of tri-national projects.

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