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On the basis of the decision made by the State Defence Council on February 24 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas assigned to the Chief of Defence to begin preparations for draft to the permanent compulsory basic military service.

 
 Join the 11th Tadas Dambrauskas Photography Contest “Lithuanian Armed Forces in Photography 2014–2015“
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Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence announces to everyone interested in photography and the military that the 11th traditional Tadas Dambrauskas Photography Contest “Lithuanian Armed Forces in Photography 2014-2015 has begun.

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 NATO approach to defence planning has to change, Defence Policy Director of the ministry of National Defence Dr Vaidotas Urbelis
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At the annual NATO Defence Planning Symposium at Oberammergau (Germany) on February 24 through 26 Defence Policy Director of the ministry of National Defence Dr Vaidotas Urbelis underscored that NATO approach to defence planning had to change.

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 Combined U.S.-Lithuanian training at Pabradė
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Roughly 250 soldiers from the company of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Division, U.S. Army, and the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion are training at Exercise Joint Punch at the Gaižiūnų Training Area (Pabradė) this week. The key exercise objectives are to put to test and improve interoperability of allied units in offensive, defensive, security and stabilisation operations.

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 Data on interceptions of vessels and aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders from 17 to 22 February 2015
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On February 17 through 22, 2015, no scrambles of NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission fighter jets were triggered to intercept foreign aircraft approaching the borderline of the Baltic States.

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 Minister of National Defence signed an arrangement regulating legal status of the international military NATO headquarters in Lithuania
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On February 20 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas endorsed an agreement between Lithuania, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) and Allied Command Transformation (ACT) laying down the legal status of the international military NATO headquarters in Lithuania.

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 Media representatives are invited to observe combined U.S.-Lithuanian training at Pabradė
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On February 25, Wednesday, a media opportunity will be provided to observe combined training of Lithuanian and United States soldiers at the General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area at Pabradė. The exercise currently involves roughly 250 participants from the company of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Division, U.S. Army, and the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion. U.S. troops and military personnel of the Lithuanian Land Force have been involved in combined training honing interoperability since the beginning of January.

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February 16, celebration of State Restoration Day of Lithuania. Photo credit: Ieva Budzeikaitė
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