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On June 29 Seimas adopted an amendment to the resolution regarding deployment of Lithuanian military units to international operations: namely, to additionally deploy up to 30 military instructors to U.S.-led coalition operation Inherent Resolve, and up to 20 troops – to the EU Operation Sophia in the Southern Central Mediterranean.

 

The amendment provides legal basis for deployment of up to 30 Lithuanian military instructors to train and advise security forces of Iraq with the earliest deployment date to be no sooner than this July, and participation of Lithuanian military in the coalition operation is restricted to non-combat tasks.

 
 Limit numbers Lithuania can deploy to multinational rapid response force have been approved
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On June 29 Seimas (Parliament) of the Republic of Lithuania approved limit number of troops Lithuania will assign to the United Kingdom-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) and the number of Lithuanian soldiers to be posted to NATO and EU operational headquarters in 2017-2018. The resolution adopted by the Parliament also provides legal basis for the deployment to multinational operations as regards the Lithuanian military personnel to be assigned to the JEF and the said operational headquarters.

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 Rotational troops from Portugal arrive for exercises and training in Lithuania
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As the Assurance Measures agreed by NATO are implemented, a unit of rotational troops from Portugal will deploy in Lithuania for joint exercises and training on June 28 through 30. Roughly 120 soldiers will train alongside colleagues with the Lithuanian Land Force till mid-October.

 

The Portuguese military personnel arrive to Kaunas and Vilnius Airports in several groups on June 22-29, while roughly 40 vehicles (OBUS M119 artillery guns, military trucks and off-roads) they bring will arrive at Klaipėda Seaport on June 30.

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 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders from June 13
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From June 20 to 26 fighter aircraft conducting NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic States were scrambled three times to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation flying in international airspace over the Balti Sea.

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 The Lithuanian Armed Forces is getting equipped with world’s most advanced self-propelled howitzers PzH2000
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On June 24 two 155 mm self-propelled PzH2000 (Panzerhaubitze 2000) howitzers the Lithuanian Armed Forces have acquired from the German Armed Forces were brought to General ROmualdas Giedraitis Artillery Battalion, Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf

 

These are the first of the 16 155mm self-propelled howitzers bought for combat purposes by the Lithuanian Armed Forces from the German Armed Forces under a contract signed last September, 5 more are acquired for training and spare parts.

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 New U.S. rotation arrives
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New shift of the rotating U.S. forces will arrive in Lithuania this week; their heavy materiel (Bradley armoured IFVs, Abrams tanks) arrived on June 23 at Gaižiūnai Railway Station.

 

Soldiers with the 369th Brigade, US Army, will train in Lithuania for three months as of June 30 alongside soldiers of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion, Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf.

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 Representatives of the Ministry of National Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces observed Boxer infantry fighting vehicle prototype tests in Germany
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On June 22 Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas and a delegation formed by representatives of the Ministry of National Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces observed tests of prototype Boxer infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) arranged by the ARTEC industrial group in Klietz training area, Germany.

 

“I appreciate the manufacturer’s effort to demonstrate a prototype in operation in accordance with Lithuania’s requirements ahead of signing an agreement,” the Chief of Defence of Lithuania said.

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