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The shipment of material support transported to Ukraine on September 2 by the C-27J Spartan aircraft from Šiauliai Air Base of the Lithuanian Air Force has been handed over to representatives of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence and the Defence Staff. The donation for the Ukrainian Armed Forces consists of 4.5 tonne field rations and medical supplies donated by the Ministry of National Defence and roughly 580 kg of other donations raised by Aspectus Memoria PE.

 
 Comment by the Ministry of National Defence regarding the material support to Ukraine

The Ministry of National Defence is fulfilling its obligations and transporting 500 kg of material support raised by Aspectus Memoria PE on the basis of terms agreed beforehand along with its support to the Ukrainian Armed Forces comprised of field rations and medical supplies.

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 Air personnel of Portugal, Canada, Germany and the Kingdom of the Netherlands will patrol in the Baltic airspace
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Video report by Sergeant Specialist Lukas Kalvaitis

 

“Today UK and Polish troops are finishing the four-month tour of duty in the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission. We have gained plenty of valuable experience. And even though our soldiers are leaving now, I dare to say - we are really close. All you need to do is call and we will come flying right away,” Air Marshal Greg Bagwell Deputy, Commander at Royal Air Force Air Command said at the ceremony of handing over the responsibility for protecting the Baltic airspace.

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 LNS KURŠIS to attend events of NATO Summit Wales
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The LNS KURŠIS (M54) of the Lithuanian Navy under command of Lieutenant (Navy) Nedas Ignatavičius will attend the events of top-level NATO meeting in Wales (United Kingdom) on September 4-5.

 

On September 4-8 the KURŠIS will moor in the seaport of Cardiff. Ships from the United Kingdom, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway and France will also come to the seaport of the United Kingdom to demonstrate the solidarity and strength of NATO allies.

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 Twelfth rotation of National Support Element to be deployed to the mission in Afghanistan
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On September 2 the 12th rotation of the National Support Element (NSE-12) will be deployed to the multinational NATO mission in Afghanistan at a ceremony at the Logistics Command of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The shift will be farewelled by Vice Minister of National Defence Marijus Velička, Chief of the Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Brigadier General Vilmantas Tamošaitis, other guests, and relatives of the troops going to Afghanistan to ensure logistic provision of other Lithuanian units in Afghanistan.

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 Responsibility for the security of the Baltic airspace will be passed on to Portugal and Canada at the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai
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On September 1 air contingents conducting NATO’s Air Policing Mission in the Baltic States will rotate at a formal ceremony at Šiauliai Air Base of the Lithuanian Air Force. Poland and the United Kingdom which had strengthened Poland’s contingent will hand over the mission after a four-month tour of duty to Portugal with six F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets. The Portuguese air contingent will be augmented by four F-18 Hornets of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

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 Active phase of Exercise Saber Junction 2014 in Lithuania to begin
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On September 1-7 the active phase of the part of Exercise Saber Junction 2014 in Lithuania will take place; the pahse will be based on an operational plan prepared by the staff of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf attending this exercise in Germany. It will train military personnel of the King Mindaugas Hussar Battalion, Grand Duchess Birutė Uhlan Battalion and the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion to seize military objects and destroy targets side by side with a U.S. company of the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade through combined actions involving airborne deployment of personnel, weaponry and materiel and tactical land assault.

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SNMCMG1 under Lithuanian command attended an exercise in the territorial waters of Estonia.   Photo credit:MCPO Michailas Karpuzovas
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