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News archive (2019 - 07)

At the meeting in Helsinki, EU defence ministers discussed the possibilities of using artificial intellect and new technologies in defence
2019.08.30
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On August 28-29 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis participated in the European Union (EU) informal meeting of defence ministers in Helsinki. The meeting was started with a working dinner where ministers discussed the use of artificial intellect in defense and security. “We need to ensure the development of technologies in the field of defence and keep pace with world leaders. Ethical norms and legal regulation in this area are necessary but must not hinder technological development. We have to maintain a balance between security and humanitarian aspects, ”said the Minister of National Defence at the meeting.

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on August 19-25, 2019
2019.08.26
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On August 19-25 NATO fighters conducting the Air Policing Mission over the Baltic states were scrambled three times to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders July 29 – August 4, 2019
2019.08.01
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On July 29 – August 4 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states carried out 14 alert scrambles to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders July 22 – 28, 2019
2019.07.29
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On July 22 – 28 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled twice to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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Tens of thousands celebrated the centenary of Lithuania’s military aviation at an event in Šiauliai
2019.07.28
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On July 27 The Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai hosted Air Show Falcon Wings 2019 marking the 100th anniversary of the Lithuanian military air capability. The event was attended by the leadership of the Ministry of National Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces — the audience were greeted by acting Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis and recently inaugurated Chief of Defence Major General National Defence Valdemaras Rupšys.  The air show with programs from various aircraft, static displays activities and competitions from aviation organisations and universities has attracted tens of thousands of viewers this year. 

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The Baltic Sea bursts into bloom: wreath tributes lowered onto the water from a ship and a helicopter to honour those lost at sea
2019.07.27
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On July 27 one of the most important events of the Sea Festival took place on the Baltic Sea — flower wreaths were lowered onto the water with attendance of the President of the Republic of Lithuania, leadership of the Ministry of National Defence, representatives of the Lithuanian Air Force and the Lithuanian Navy. Two Lithuanian Navy vessels were in the ship parade: Aukštaitis (P14) patrol ship as the flagship and Šakiai search and rescue ship.

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New Defence Attaché of Sweden accredited to Lithuania
2019.07.26
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On July 26 new Defence Attaché of Sweden to Lithuania Lieutenant Colonel Lars Eklind was accredited  and outgoing Defence Attaché Lieutenant Colonel Örjan Ström farewelled at a ceremony at the Ministry of National Defence.

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Change of command ceremony in the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group Lithuania to take place
2019.07.26
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On August 1 rotations and leadership of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battalion Battle Group Lithuania will change over at a ceremony at the Lithuanian Great Hetman Jonušas Radvila Training Regiment in Rukla.

Representative of the German Army Lieutenant Colonel Peer Papenbroock will hand over the command to another German representative Lieutenant Colonel Rouven Habel after having been in charge of the NATO eFP Battalion Battle Group Lithuania since February. Lt Col Rouven Habel is the commander of the 391st Mechanised Infantry Battalion of the Bundeswehr.

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Flag of the Lithuanian Armed Forces passed on to Major General Valdemaras Rupšys
2019.07.25
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Video report (by Sgt 1st Class Lukas Kalvaitis, Sgt Spc Lukas Tamošiūnas)

“The most exhilarating thing about today is probably that Lt Gen Vytautas Žukas is handing over to Maj Gen Valdemaras Rupšys the responsibilities when the Armed Forces are of a markedly different quality in comparison to that five years ago. The challenges waiting for the new Chief of Defence are not smaller because further capability development is ahead. Important projects are only going fluently on paper, Maj Gen V. Rupšys will have an extremely responsible task to ensure continuity and completion of the ongoing processes,” acting Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said congratulating the new Chief of Defence.

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Brig Gen Raimundas Vaikšnoras took over as the next Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force
2019.07.24
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On July 24 Brigadier General Raimundas Vaikšnoras took over the responsibilities of the Commander of the Land Force from the confirmed next Chief of Defence of Lithuania Major General  Valdemaras Rupšys at a ceremony in Vilnius.  

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