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A contingent of about 40 soldiers of the Lithuanian Grand Duchess Birutė Uhlan Battalion has left for Sweden were the Nordic European Union Battle Group (EU NBG 15) formed by 7 countries will be certified for duty in the first semester of 2015.

 

According to the exercise scenario, NBG 15 will be deployed into the territory of a fictional country to manage a complex humanitarian emergency situation in close cooperation with civilian authorities, governmental organisations and NGOs. The certification exercise will be running on November 3-14 near Uppsala and Motala, in Sweden.

 
 U.S. forces deployed in Lithuania are a long-term investment into Alliance security, Defence Policy Director of the Ministry of National Defence says
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On October 29, Defence Policy Director of the Ministry of National Defence Vaidotas Urbelis and his Latvian and Estonian counterparts met with U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Dereck Chollet in Riga, Latvia. The meeting officials addressed the decisions taken at the NATO Summit in Wales, security situation in the Baltic region, security challenges in the Middle East, and assistance for Ukraine.

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 Minister J. Olekas met with the Head of the Warsaw office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States
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On October 29 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas met with Head of the Warsaw office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States Michal Baranowski. At the meeting the guest and the Minister discussed the possible contribution of the Fund to finding solutions to regional security issues and opportunities to cooperate with Lithuanian state institutions.

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 One of the largest multinational exercises this year Iron Sword 2014 will take place in Lithuania
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On November 2 through 14 large-scale multinational exercise Iron Sword 2014 will be held in Lithuania for the first time. The exercise will take place in two largest Lithuania’s training ranges and involve over 2.5 thousand military personnel from 9 NATO member states: the Czech Republic, Estonia, U.S.A., UK, Canada, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary and Germany.

 

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 Lithuanian and U.S. military will attend a live-fire training event at Pabradė
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On October 30 Lithuanian soldiers and the CHARLIE company of the U.S. 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division deployed in Lithuania will train delivering live fire mounted on the BRADLEY infantry fighting vehicles and the STRYKER armoured personnel carriers (U.S. military), and from the weaponry of the M113 armoured personnel carriers (Lithuanian military).

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 Lithuanian-U.S. defence cooperation was discussed
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On October 28 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas discussed U.S. military presence in the Baltic region, implementation of NATO decisions taken in Wales, host nation support, and other points with Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Brent Hartley. The meeting was also attended by U.S. Ambassador in Lithuania Deborah McCarthy.

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 Media invited to a press conference on large-scale multinational exercise Iron Sword 2014 to take place in Lithuania next week
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On October 29 at a press conference at the Ministry of National Defence Chief of Defence of Lithuania Major General Jonas Vytautas Žukas and Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Major General Almantas Leika will present multinational large-scale exercise Iron Sword 2014 which will be held on November 2-14 for the first time in Lithuania.

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In the morning of October 24 109 attendees of the 62nd Basic Military Training Course and 47 attendees of the Basic Military Volunteer Skills Course took the oath of allegiance at the Training Regiment. The soldiers were congratulated by their families, f
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