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Upon completion of the active deployment phase with NATO Response Force, Lithuanian Naval Ship LNS Jotvingis, a flag ship of Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group One (SNMCMG1), returned to Klaipėda, Lithuania, on 17 December. Lithuanian Navy Officer Commander Giedrius Premeneckas will continue to command SNMCMG1 from this ship up to the end of January 2015.

 

“When we started our deployment this summer, we had eight ships from Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway and Poland which were already trained to really high standards. The key mission ahead of us was to integrate them into SNMCMG1 and make a group both coherent and efficient team able to cope with any challenges whenever and wherever they arise. Today, I can say with a full confidence that we have succeeded in our mission of making SNMCMG1 group truly coherent, Cmdr. G. Premeneckas says.

 
 New Statute on Use of Military Force will allow to immediately use Armed Forces in response to non-conventional threats in peacetime
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On 16 December the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania adopted the project of the amendment to the Statute on Use of Combat Weaponry in the National Defence System (changed to Statute on Use of Military Force) along with the amendments of other related laws.

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 Data on aircraft and vessels identified near the borders of the Baltic States on 8–14 December, 2014
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On December 8-14, NATO air policing fighters protecting Baltic airspace took off 21 times to intercept Russian aircraft flying at the Baltic States’ borders.

 

It is the largest number of both reaction flights per week and biggest so far observed Russian military activity in the airspace in the vicinity of the Baltic States - almost 80 aircraft have been intercepted and identified next to the Baltic air space within a week, some of them were intercepted several times. With the exception of a few aircraft, the majority of them had their transponders turned off.

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 SNMCMG1 led by Lithuanian officer finished active duty and will continue standby in Klaipėda Seaport
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Upon completion of the active deployment phase with NATO Response Force, Lithuanian Naval Ship LNS Jotvingis, a flag ship of Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group One (SNMCMG1), is returning to Klaipėda, Lithuania. Lithuanian Navy Officer Commander Giedrius Premeneckas will continue to command SNMCMG1 from this ship, up to the end of January 2015.

 

LNS Jotvingis is due to berth in Klaipėda Harbor on 17 December and will be accompanied by the two of eight Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 ships – ENS Talivaldis (Latvia) and LVNS Sakala (Estonia). The other ships of the group have already returned to their home bases.

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 Baltic and Polish Defence Ministers agreed on joint response to deter Russia
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On 11–12 December the Baltic and Polish Defence Ministers at a meeting in in Cesis (Latvia) agreed on joint response to deter Russia in the region.

 

“Baltic States and Poland are facing the same threats, therefore it is crucial to coordinate our response. Let us work with one accord so that Russia knows that its venture to put the principles of NATO collective defence to test might bring about heavy effect,” Minister J.Olekas said at the meeting.

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 We are ready to ensure any conditions necessary for U.S. military presence in Lithuania, Vice Minister of National Defence M. Velička says
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On December 11 Vice Minister of National Defence Marijus Velička discussed NATO reassurance measures in the Baltic region, security situation in Ukraine and possible ways of delivering assistance to the country, and further perspectives of U.S.-Lithuanian cooperation in international operations at a meeting with Eric Rubin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

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 National Centre of Cyber Security will start functioning as of next year
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The National Centre of Cyber Security formed on the basis of a section of the Ministry of National Defence will be inaugurated on January 1, as provided for in the amendments of the Law on Cyber Security and other related legal acts approved by the Seimas of Lithuania on December 11.

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