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On September 15 a formal opening ceremony of an international Exercise Rapid Trident 2014 was held at the drills ground the International Peace Keeping and Security Center Javorivskyi, in Lviv, Western Ukraine. Roughly 1 thousand exercise participants from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Georgia, Spain, U.S., Canada, Latvia, Poland, Moldova, Norway, Romania Ukraine and Germany lined up in the square.

 
 NATO Military Committee Conference to be held in Vilnius, Lithuania
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The accreditation form

 

The Military Committee, NATO’s highest Military Authority, will meet in Chiefs of Defence (CHODs) Session from 19-21 September 2014, in Vilnius, Lithuania. The Meeting will be hosted by the Lithuanian Chief of Defence, Major General Jonas Vytautas Žukas. This is the first CHODs meeting since the NATO Summit in Wales and the second time that the CHODs have met in Vilnius – the last time was in September 2004.

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 Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group ONE on port visit in Klaipėda
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On September 14 the Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group ONE (SNMCMG1), including the LNS JOTVINGIS (N42) command and supply ship of the Lithuanian Navy, moored for a brief port visit in Klaipėda Seaport.

 

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 Injured members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces brought from Ukraine to Vilnius
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At night of September 14 the crew of the C-27J Spartan transport aircraft of the Lithuanian Air Force brought from Dnepropetrovsk thirteen soldiers of a counter-terrorism operations team and one military medic injured in Eastern Ukraine.

 

“Tonight we have brought soldiers wounded in Eastern Ukraine and transferred them to civilian medical care institutions for ultimate treatment. The most of them are in satisfactory medical conditions, several are wounded more seriously, however, we expect that Lithuania’s hospitals will do their best in helping the military,” senior military medic Lieutenant Colonel Gintaras Berkevičius who had been escorting the injured on the flight commented on their conditions.

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 Lithuanian military train at international special operations forces exercise JACKAL STONE 14
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Military personnel of the Lithuanian Special Operations Forces (LITHSOF) are taking part in an international special operations forces exercise JACKAL STONE that have begun this week. Several troops of the Lithuanian Land Force are also training alongside SOF personnel at military facilities in Germany and the Netherlands.

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 Minister J. Olekas met with the Ambassador of South Korea in Lithuania
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On September 12 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas discussed bilateral Lithuanian-South Korean defence and security cooperation and its possible perspectives with HE Hong Ji-in, the newly appointed Ambassador of South Korea in Lithuania.

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 Canadian aircraft made emergency landing at Šiauliai
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One of the Canadian fighter jets deployed on the NATO Baltic Air policing mission aborted a flight training and made an emergency landing at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuanian Air Force, because of a failure in flight control surface system, September 12. The failure was experienced by the F-18 Hornet of the Canadian Royal Air Force.

 

The aircraft landed successfully, its emergency landing system was not used. Rescue and civilian services were informed about the incident according to standard procedures.

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On September 1-11 the patrol ship LNS DZŪKAS (P12) of the Lithuanian Navy attended a large-scale multinational NATO-EU exercise Northern Coast 2014 in the territorial waters of Finland. Photo: courtesy of the Lithuanian Navy
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