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One more country, Georgia, formally joined the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence in Vilnius (NATO ENSEC COE).

 

“It is very positive to have not only NATO members but also partner nations joining the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence, and to see Georgia pioneering. Georgia has a lot to offer to the Centre in applying technological innovations for military efficiency and exchanging experience on protecting energy infrastructure. Therefore we believe that Georgia will propose concrete projects that both, the Centre and Georgia will benefit from,” Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas said.

 
 Lithuanian contingent is ready for standby for Nordic European Union Battlegroup, their certification will take place in Sweden in November
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The Lithuanian contingent has finished the national part of training for standby for the Nordic European Union Battlegroup (EU NBG) as of the beginning of the following year. They have the final step ahead of them, the certification exercise due to take place in Sweden in November that will put to test the readiness of the whole NBG formed by seven countries to respond to emerging crises.

 

Lithuania will commit over 40 soldiers: along with the force protection unit formed by the Grand Duchess Birutė Battalion, Lithuanian soldiers will be detached for standby for the NBG 15 staff, military police, repairs, medical and other support units.

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 Lithuania and other Baltic States join the Nordic Defence Cooperation
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On October 16 a meeting of the Nordic-Baltic Defence Policy Directors officially approved that the projects implemented in the Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO) format had been opened for the Baltic States.

 

“This is a huge leap ahead in the enhancement of regional cooperation. Our joining concrete NORDEFCO projects will help saving up and generating new capabilities efficiently,” Defence Policy Director of the Ministry of National Defence Vaidotas Urbelis said at the meeting. The specific projects for Lithuania to participate in are to be selected before the Nordic-Baltic Defence Ministers meeting which will take place on November 12.

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 Lithuanian and U.S. soldiers were destroying armoured combat materiel of hostile forces with anti-tank weaponry
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Video report (Sergeant Specialist Lukas Kalvaitis)

 

On October 6 through 16 Lithuanian Land Force’s anti-tank units and a U.S. anti-tank team trained destroying armoured combat materiel of hostile forces with their anti-tank weaponry at a combined tactical live fire field Exercise Hunter 2014 at the General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė.

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 Lithuania will replenish supplies for its JAVELIN anti-tank missile system
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The Ministry of National Defence is procuring additional Javelin advanced medium range anti-tank guided missile systems for the value of USD 20 million dollars to strengthen national defence capabilities and increase the Lithuanian Armed Forces’ stock of medium-range anti-tank weaponry. This is the second acquisition of JAVELIN systems for the Lithuanian Armed Forces on the basis of a Lithuanian-U.S. inter-governmental agreement signed in 2001.

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 Lithuania will continue providing financial assistance to the Afghan National Security Forces
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On October 15 the Republic of Lithuania adopted a decision to continue providing financing for the Afghan National Security Forces and allocate LTL 1.3 million for their sustentation in 2015. The support will be allocated from the assignations for the National Defence System.

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 The newly generated response force of Lithuania presented to the supreme command in Alytus
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On October 14 Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania and Commander-in-Chief of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, made a visit to the Grand Duchess Birutė Uhlan Battalion stationed in Alytus. The first high-readiness response force of Lithuania – a newly formed battalion combat team which will become operational as from this November – was presented at the event also attended by Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas, Chief of Defence of Lithuania, Chief of the Joint Staff, commanders of services and commands, and other representatives of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

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Combined U.S.-Lithuanian anti-tank units Exercise Hunter 2014. Photo credit: A. Pliadis.
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