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On July 6 the Lithuanian state flag and the Lithuanian historical flag will be flown in Simonas Daukantas Square, Vilnius, in commemoration of State Day of Lithuania by troops representing the Lithuanian Land Force, Air Force and Navy.

 

 
 U.S. Army Chief of Staff General R. Odierno will visit Lithuania
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On July 7 Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army General Raymond Odierno will conduct a visit to Lithuania at the invitation of the Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force, Major General Almantas Leika.

 

The U.S. General is planned to meet with leaderships of the Ministry of National Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces, and to observe a combined Lithuanian-U.S. training exercise at the Gaižiūnai Training Area (Jonava distr.)

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 Soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division will get to know Lithuania’s geographical characteristics
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Soldiers of the 4t Infantry Division of the United States deployed in Lithuania for combined training will carry out training flights by U.S. UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters early in the morning of July 5, Sunday, over the Lithuanian regions of Utena, Panevėžys, Šiauliai, Kaunas and Alytus. The crews will take off from the Gediminas Headquarters Battalion in Kairiūkštis str., Vilnius.

 

The troops apologise in advance for the inconvenience they might cause.

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 Soldiers of the National Support Element were formally seen off before deployment to Operation ATALANTA
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On June 1 a formal deployment ceremony was held for soldiers of the National Support Element (NSE) at the Lithuanian Logistics Command Headquarters in Vilnius prior to deployment to the European Union-led counter-piracy efforts in the Indian Ocean, EU Naval Force Somalia - Operation ATALANTA. The NSE soldiers will be providing logistic support to subsequent Lithuanian units which will be in charge of protecting a UN World Food Programme-chartered vessel.

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 The 4th Infantry Division’s Mission Command Element arrived in Lithuania for combined training
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On July 1 a U.S. Air Force’s C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft landed at the Vilnius International Airport bringing 80 members of the Germany-based 4th Infantry Division’s Mission Command Element (MCE) under the command of Brigadier General Michael Tarsa for combined training in Lithuania.

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 Lithuania supports Azerbaijan’s cooperation with NATO and the European Union
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Welcome ceremony (by Sergeant Specialist Lukas Kalvaitis)

 

On June 1 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas discussed security situation in the Baltic region and the South Caucasus, and perspectives of bilateral cooperation and participation in international operations with Minister of Defence of Azerbaijan Colonel General Zakir Hasanov conducting a formal visit in Lithuania.

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 The Nordic European Union Battle Group including approx. 40 Lithuanians completed its standby period
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On July 1 the European Union Nordic Battle Group (NBG) including 44 soldiers from Lithuania completed its standby period. The Swedish-led international unit formed by contributions of Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden, maintained readiness to respond to a threat in case it was called upon throughout the standby period.

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A contingent of the Air Defence Battalion is training in an international air defence exercise in the Czech Republic (Courtesy of the Czech Armed Forces)
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