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Chief of Defence Lt Gen Jonas Vytautas Žukas discussed Joint Expeditionary Force activity in the conference in London

2019-02-08
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On February 7 Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas attended UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force-contributing countries' Chief of Defence Conference in London.


Chiefs of Defence of Denmark, Estonia, United Kingdom, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Finland and Sweden had an in-depth discussion on the opportunities of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) deployment, capability development projects and plans, and draft combat training plan for the coming three years.


Chiefs of Defence were also be briefed on the concept of the table-top exercise for the Ministries of Defence of the JEF-contributing countries due in April and reviewed its scenario from the military perspective.


The JEF is a roughly 10 thousand-strong high readiness multinational combat unit formed to respond to emergencies in Europe and beyond. The JEF can be deployed upon the decision of contributing countries.

 

Even though the JEF concept differs from international organisations, it is ready to carry out operations, from humanitarian aid and deterrence to combat actions, according to NATO standards and procedures. The JEF may support rapid response operations under the flag of the European Union, NATO, or the UN if there is a need to.

 

One Lithuanian officer has been serving at the JEF operational HQ in Northwood, UK, since early 2016. A company-sized (approx. 150 soldiers) unit of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion is regularly assigned to JEF operational readiness and attached to the Danish Army Battle Group, and one military medic is assigned to the UK field hospital. According to the mandate of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, this year up to 190 civilian and military personnel can be assigned to the JEF.

 

The Memorandum of Understanding on establishment of the JEF was signed on 30 November 2015 in London by seven countries - Denmark, Estonia, UK, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and Norway. The JEF was joined by Finland and Sweden in the summer of 2017. The final Common Memorandum of Understanding marking full operational capability of the force was signed by Ministers of Defence of the JEF-contributing countries in London in June 2018.

 

Photo credit: Maj R. Senkevičius

 

Spokesperson for the Chief of Defence of Lithuania Maj Mindaugas Neimontas
+370 5 278 5091, +370 682 25359, [email protected]

 

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