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On July 28 Vice Minister of National Defence Antanas Valys presented the National Defence System Medal of Merit to the outgoing Defence Attaché to Lithuania Lieutenant Colonel Jean-Luc Lopez for his personal contribution to the development of cooperation between the French and the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The officer was representing the interest of the French Armed Forces in Lithuania in August 2011- July 2014.

 
 Combined parachute training of U.S. and Lithuanian ground troops will be held
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On July 29 troops of the 173rd Airborne Brigade's 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment and the Lithuanian Land Force will enhance their skills at a parachute training event at the General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Range in Pabradė.

 

The event will train automatic opening parachute jumps. According to the exercise schedule, all the participants will take off on a U.S. airplane from Šiauliai Airport and will skydive over the territory of the General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Range. The U.S. soldiers will be attending the exercise together with representatives from Grand Duke Birutė Uhlan and the Lithuanian Grand Duke Butigeidis Dragoon Battalions and the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf from the Lithuanian Land Force, and reconnaissance squads of the National Defence Volunteer Force.

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 Major General Jonas Vytautas Žukas inaugurated as the new Chief of Defence in the Cathedral Square in Vilnius
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On July 24 a formal change of command ceremony of the Chiefs of Defence of Lithuania was held at the Cathedral Square of Vilnius. The outgoing Chief of Defence Lieutenant General Arvydas Pocius who led the Lithuanian Armed Forces in 2009-2014 was formally replaced by Major General Jonas Vytautas Žukas.

 

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 New Chief of Defence will be inaugurated in the Cathedral Square in Vilnius
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On July 24 a formal change of command ceremony of the Chiefs of Defence of Lithuania will be held at the Cathedral Square of Vilnius. The outgoing Chief of Defence Lieutenant General Arvydas Pocius will be formally replaced by Major General Jonas Vytautas Žukas.

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 Long-term project of mechanisation of the Lithuanian Land Force launched
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The Ministry of National Defence is beginning a mechanisation programme to implement the National Defence System Development Programme 2014-2023 approved by the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania and to the end of strengthening and modernising the Lithuanian Land Force. In first phase of the programme two battalions of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade (MIB) Iron Wolf will be equipped with modern wheeled infantry fighting vehicles till 2020.

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 Lithuanian rotation actively preparing for standby for EU Battlegroup next year
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50 members of the Grand Duchess Birutė Uhlan Battalion are continuing training for a standby for the European Union Nordic Battlegroup (EU BG) in the first semester of 2015 which is going to be formed by Ireland, Estonia, Latvia, Norway, Finland, and Sweden. In case of activation the EU BG will be ready for deployment into a region of crisis to render humanitarian assistance, complete peacekeeping and crisis response operations, support third states in countering terrorism, and to carry out other tasks.

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 Hungarian military personnel take part in NATO signal exercise in Lithuania
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On July 14-18 military personnel of the Hungarian Armed Forces incorporated into NATO’s Deployable Communication and Information Systems Module (DCISM-E) are taking part in a communications training event in Lithuania with their equipment. The exercise is enhancing the abilities of DCISM personnel to deploy within the territory of Alliance on short notice and to ensure communications for NATO command post and subunits in the area of operation.

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RAF Eurofighter Typhoon deployed on the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission takes off to complete daily tasks.  Photo: courtesy of the Royal Air Force.
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