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Airspace Surveillance and Control Command
The protection of Lithuanian air space has always been a priority for the Lithuanian Armed Forces. When forming the new Armed Forces structure, steps were taken to design appropriate air defence systems. In 1992, the predecessor to the ASCC, the Radar Data Supply Department, was part of the Aviation Service and under the command of Lt. Col. V.Pacevičius. On April 27, 1992, military personnel initiated the surveillance of the Lithuanian airspace in Vilnius Airport. That day marked the beginning of continuous Lithuanian air space monitoring and is considered to be the founding day of the Air Surveillance and Control Command.
In the fall of 1992, the Lithuanian Government assigned the Aviation Service military posts in Karmėlava, Rokai, Juodkrantė, Nemirseta. Karmėlava served as the Lithuanian Air Forces (LTAF) Command Post with Maj. V.Sirtautas as the commander in charge. In May 1993, the LTAF Post in Rokai began regular surveillance of the Lithuanian air space.
While implementing Resolution of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania concerning Principal Structure of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and Armed Forces' development plans, the Lithuanian military have expanded and increased defence capabilities. Therefore, the Air Surveillance and Control Command has also evolved. Presently, six radar posts have been established to monitor Lithuanian air space.
Before 1996, Air Surveillance and Control Command was called the Radar Support Section and from 1996 to 2000, it was named the Air Space Control Base. It took on its present name, the Air Surveillance and Control Command (ASCC), from 2000. From 1996, Col. A.Rimšelis served as the commander of the unit. From December 2000 to September 2002, the ASCC was headed by Lt Col E. Adomynas and from September 2002 to July 2007 the ASSC was headed by Lt. Col. M. Grigaliūnas. Col ltn. A.Jucius succeeded him as the ASCC commander in July 2007.
The ASCC works closely with the Baltic States Air Surveillance System, BALTNET. The appropriate legal documentation of the BALTNET project was developed, the Reciprocal Memorandum of Understanding concerning military personnel training was signed among Lithuanian, Estonian, Latvian, and Danish Ministries of Defence.
Other countries contributed support, materials, and training to BALTNET, including:
RASCC and ASC personnel operate sophisticated computers and communication equipment. English is the official working language.
In 2004, March, according to accession to NATO, aircraft command unit (ACU), Norway, was placed in ASCC. The main task of ACU- co-ordination of rapid reaction crew's actions in order to react to violations of Lithuanian air space or air space usage rules.
Aircraft command equipment was bought and installed in ACC.
In 2005 May new medium distance radars TRML- 3D/32 were subjected into common radio locative information transmission system.
ASCC cooperates with governmental enterprise ”Air Navigation", Governmental Board Security Service and other institution.
There are more visits from NATO military commands during accession to NATO integrated full- scale air defense (NATINEADS).
Lt. Gen. Jan Scharling, commander of NATO Joint Forces in North East Europe visited ACC in 2003 April.
NATO Forces in Europe commander Gen. J. L. Jones visited ACC in 2004 April.
NATO AIRNORTH Headquarters' deputy commander Lt. Gen. H. Martin visited ACC in 2004 April.
ASCC officers cooperate with schoolchildren. They together take part in different activities and get know schoolchildren with service in Lithuanian Military and ASCC also.
Maj. Gen. A. Kreuzinger- Janik, commander of the 3rd Air division visited ACC in 2005 April.
2005 m. Lithuania Republic Seym National Security and defense committee outgoing meeting delegation visited ACC in 2005 April.