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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.)

 
 Data on interceptions of vessels and aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders from 29 June to 6 July 2015
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On June 29-July 6 NATO air policing fighter jets protecting the Baltic skies were scrambled once to intercept aircraft flying in international airspace above the Baltic Sea.

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 Lithuanian State Day was commemorated
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On July 6 troops of the Hounour Guard Company representing the Lithuanian Land Force, Air Force and Navy flew the Lithuanian state flag and the Lithuanian historical flag in Simonas Daukantas Square, Vilnius, in commemoration of State Day of Lithuania.

 

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 A Memorandum of Understanding between the US Army Europe and Lithuanian Land Forces signed
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On July 5 Commanding General of the U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, and commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Major General Almantas Leika signed a memorandum of understanding on the cooperation of the U.S. Army Europe and the Lithuanian Land Force in 2015-2017.

 

The MoU maps out cooperative activities, such U.S. and Lithuanian troops in combined exercises and training events in Lithuania and Europe. Roughly 15 exercises and training events are planned to be held as subelements of the U.S.-led Operation Atlantic Resolve in Eastern Europe over the period of over 2 years.

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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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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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