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Naval Sea and Coastal Surveillance Service
The Service is responsible for surveillance and control of the state border at sea, territorial sea and EEZ. The primary missions of the unit are to carry out surveillance of coastal and territorial sea and EEZ, identification of vessels sailing within the territory of the Republic of Lithuania, maintain telephone, radio and automated communications between the units and ships. The Sea and Coastal Surveillance Centre carries out missions through the following units:
- Joint Control Centre, which receives processed final information generated by other units
- Sea Surveillance Company, which is deployed at sea surveillance posts in Palanga, Klaipėda and Nida
- Communications Centre
The Sea Surveillance Company, which gave rise to the development of the Sea and Coastal Surveillance Service, was established on 1 January 1993. In the summer of 1993 Sea Surveillance Posts in Palanga, Klaipėda and Nida were taken over from the Baltic Fleet of the Russian Federation and on 31 August of that same year surveillance of the Baltic Sea began.
On 15 May 1995 an agreement between Sweden and the Lithuanian Naval Force concerning development of the Sea and Coastal Surveillance Service was signed and already in July of that year the Service establishment began.
In the summer of 1997 a radar system was put into operation at each of the Sea Surveillance Posts. The system has perfectly integrated into the Joint Control Centre that receives information from all the posts. Systems of air surveillance and survey of Klaipėda port have been installed at the Centre.
In Year 2011 Sea and Coastal Surveillance system was modernized. The modernization included automatic processing of the data obtained from Sea and Coastal Surveillance units, creation of digital video of tracking as well as extra module installation, which is designed more effectively carry on planning functions of Search and rescue operations.
Naval troops serving with the Sea and Coastal Surveillance Service take part in a number of projects and training in national and international exercises, while officers and re-enlistees of the naval force take constant training abroad.