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In the evening of April 28 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas received a confirmation via phone call with Federal Minister of Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen that Germany is going to be in the lead of formation of a NATO battalion group for Lithuania.

 
 Lithuanian military personnel will undergo certification for standby for European Union Battle Group in the United Kingdom
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On April 29 soldiers of the Grand Duchess Birutė Uhlan Battalion of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf depart to train in a certification battle group exercise in the United Kingdom.

 

Nearly 140-strong Lithuanian contingent preparing for standby for the European Union Battle Group (EU BG) in the second semester of 2016 will attend the certification exercise. The Lithuanian unit is formed by the 2nd Motorised Company of the Uhlan Battalion with the Weapons Platoon from the Heavy Weapons Company assigned.

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 Come, find out, and try out! – Public and Military Day in Vilnius
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After a break of one year Public and Military Day returns to the capital. On May 14 a military village will deploy by the White Bridge of Vilnius where all services of the Lithuanian Armed Forces will present their most advanced equipment, weaponry and gear, and tell about their daily duties and challenges. The public will be offered opportunities to perform a range of military tasks and meet interesting interlocutors at 15min.lt debate club.

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 The most advanced US aircraft F22 Raptors landed in Lithuania
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Photo gallery (credits: Alfredas Pliadis and Ieva Budzeikaitė)

 

On 27 April two US F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft landed at the Air Base of the Lithuanian Armed Forces in Šiauliai. It is the first time that the world‘s premier operational 5th generation fighters have been deployed to Lithuania. By training deployment of the aircraft the US demonstrates its steadfast and unshakeable commitment to the whole Europe.

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 Portuguese F-16 “Fighting Falcon” to land in Šiauliai
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On April 28 four F-16 “Fighting Falcon” fighter aircraft of the Portuguese Air Force will land in Šiauliai Air Base. The fighters will come from the Monte Real Air Base of the Portuguese Air Force to replace the current NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission rotation provided by the Royal Air Force of Spain. The detachments will change over at a formal ceremony on May 4.

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 NATO Defence Policy Directors agree that the upcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw will be a historical event
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On April 26 NATO Defence Policy Directors meeting in Romania determined that the Alliance needed to reform for responding adequately to the threats emerging from east and south. The meeting also addressed the restructuring in NATO forces that could be necessary for countering the threat from Russia and ensuring collective security.

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 Data on interceptions of vessels and aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders from April 18 to 24, 2016
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On April 18-24 NATO fighter aircraft performing Air Policing tasks in the Baltic States were scrambled three times to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.  

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