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On August 27 the air contingent of the Italian Air Force finished its duty on the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission and was farewelled at the Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania. Italian soldiers were guarding the NATO airspace over Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia for two consecutive rotations, the total of 8 months, with four Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets.

 
 Air contingents will change over at a ceremony at the Šiauliai Air Base
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On August 31 air contingents conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states will rotate at a formal ceremony at the Lithuanian Air Force Air Base in Šiauliai. Norway, the lead nation of the enhanced NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states, will hand over the mission to Hungary which will begin conducting the mission officially on September 1.

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 Lithuanian officer assigned to the NATO's Joint Training and Evaluation Centre in Georgia
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Lithuanian officer Lieutenant Colonel Renatas Chrimlis will begin service at the NATO-Georgian Joint Training and Evaluation Centre (JTEC) opened in Tbilisi, Georgia, on August 27.

 

Establishment of the Joint Training and Evaluation Centre is part of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package agreed to at the NATO Summit in Wales last year.

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 Minister of National Defence J.Olekas will meet with Minister of Defence of Hungary
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On August 31 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas will meet with Minister of Defence of Hungary Dr. Csaba Hende at the Lithuanian Air Force Air Base in Šiauliai.

 

Ministers will discuss regional security, assistance to Ukraine, the upcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw, bilateral cooperation and other points of security and defence.

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 Hungarian soldiers arrive in Šiauliai with four JAS-39 Gripen fighter jets
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On August 27 soldiers of the Hungarian Air Force will arrive at the Šiauliai Air Base in four JAS-39 Gripen fighter aircraft. The Hungarian Air Contingent will replace the Norwegian and the Italian soldiers currently conducting the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission as of September 1.

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 Italy finishes its rotation on the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic States
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The air contingent of the Italian Air Force is concluding the duty on the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission from the Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania. Italian soldiers were guarding the NATO airspace over  Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia for two consecutive rotations, the total of 8 months, with four Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets. The Italian air contingent will be farewelled at a ceremony at the Šiauliai Air Base on August 27.

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 Lithuania accredited new Poland’s Defence Attaché
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On August 26 Colonel Miroslaw Wojcik was accredited as the new Polish Defence Attaché to Lithuania. He succeeds Colonel Zbigniew Szlęk who had been Poland’s Defence Attaché in Lithuania since 2013.

 

The new Defence Attaché Col M. Wojcik graduated from the NATO Defence College in Rome (Italy); he has experience of serving with or commanding various military units of NATO and Poland.

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