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“The fact that the multinational ground-based air defence Exercise Tobruq Legacy 2017 is held in Lithuania shows that neither exercises of this kind nor deployment of strategic air defence systems in Lithuania is a taboo any longer. In case there is a need, these capabilities would be here in Lithuania. And today we are rehearsing acting alongside allies in case we need to,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis underscored at Distinguished Visitors Day of the exercise.

 
 Leadership of the state and the national defence system will observe multinational ground-based air defence Exercise Tobruq Legacy 2017 first time in Lithuania
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On July 20 President of the Republic of Lithuania HE Dalia Grybauskaitė, Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis, Vice Minister Vytautas Umbrasas, Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Brigadier General Valdemaras Rupšys, other representatives of the national defence system and dignitaries will observe multinational ground-based air defence Exercise Tobruq Legacy 2017 for the first time held in Lithuania.

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 Troops of Luxembourg joined the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battlegroup in Lithuania
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Late in the evening of July 17 soldiers of Luxembourg arrived via Klaipėda to join the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battlegroup deployed in Lithuania since the beginning of this year. The Luxembourg Armed Forces soldiers will contribute to ensuring logistical support to the multinational military unit in Lithuania.

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 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on July 10-16, 2017
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On July 10-16 fighter aircraft deployed to conduct the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states carried out one A-scramble to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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 New Defence Attaché of Finland accredited to Lithuania
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On July 13 Defence Attaché of Finland in Lithuania changed over at a ceremony at the Ministry of National Defence. After holding the position since August 2014 Commander Jussi Parttyli Voutilainen onceded to Lieutenant Colonel Antti Edvard Hauvala.

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 New Defence Attaché of Finland to be accredited to Lithuania
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On July 13 Defence Attaché of Finland in Lithuania will change over at a ceremony at the Ministry of National Defence. After holding the position since August 2014 Commander Jussi Parttyli Voutilainen will concede to Lieutenant Colonel Antti Edvard Hauvala.

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 Ukraine’s arms control inspectors to carry out observation flight over Lithuania
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On July 12-13 arms control inspectors of the Republic of Ukraine will carry out an observation flight over Lithuania on the basis of the Treaty on Open Skies in an AN-30B aircraft with special equipment of the Ukrainian Air Force.

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