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On May 28 Lithuanianian Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas, Minister of Defence of Estonia Sven Mikser and Minister of Defence of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis will address regional security, development of joint Baltic capabilities, NATO measures of deterrence and other security and defence issues at a meeting in Panevėžys.

 
 International Exercise Saber Strike 2015 will train roughly 6 thousand soldiers
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On June 1 through 19 exercise Saber Strike 2015 held concurrently in the three Baltic States and Poland will train roughly 6 thousand troops from 13 NATO allies and partner nations. It will concentrate the most numerous allied capabilities on the soil of Lithuania since accessing NATO.

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 Soldiers were injured at a training event of the Lithuanian Armed Forces

Early in the morning of May 25 five soldiers from NATO allied nations suffered heavy metal gas poisoning at a Lithuanian Armed Forces training event. Currently their condition is stable, the troops are undergoing symptomatic treatment and are observed. The troops’ nationality is not publicised on the basis of international agreements. An investigation has been launched to identify the causes of the incident.

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 Data on interceptions of vessels and aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders from 18 May 2015 to 24 May 2015
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On May 18 through 24 fighter jets conducting the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission were scrambled twice to intercept Russian military aircraft flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea between mainland Russia and Kaliningrad Oblast.

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 Largest national exercise this year Lightning Bolt 2015 was declared closed
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On May 21 the largest national exercise Lithuania held this year, Lightning Bolt 2015, was declared closed. The first of the kind, the exercise tested various of types of situations - a speedy mobilisation of the Lithuanian reserve, actions in case of a hybrid warfare and terrorist attacks, and tactical training.

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 Sea surface operation of searching for the An-2 pilots was ended
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On May at 4.10 p.m. the search operation for the two An-2 pilots on water surface was ended by decision of the commander of the Maritime Rescue and Coordination Centre of the Lithuanian Navy. The decision regarding an underwater search will be made in the nearest while.

 

The decision to end the above-surface search for the An-2 pilots was taken on the basis of long experience global practice and theoretical calculations.

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 Further underwater examination of the An-2 wreck possibly detected the body of one of the missing pilots
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May 21, a thorough examination of the An-2 wreck lying on the Baltic seafloor  carried out from the outside of the aircraft at night has possibly led to finding the body of one of the missing pilots. The operation was carried out with underwater surveying video equipment of the LNS Kuršis mine countermeasures vessel and Klaipėda University.

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The most enduring army scouts received Patroller patches. Photo credit: MSG Gintautas Mauricas
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