Posts tagged as military

Military to assist health officials as second wave hits Lithuania

Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Lithuanian Armed Forces will assign military personnel to help the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) to contain the second wave of Covid-19.. “The Lithuanian Armed Forces are obliged by law to assist civilian institutions when they can no longer cope with the situation or do not have the capacity to do so,” Chief of Defence Lieutenant General Valdemaras Rupšys said in a press release. The National Public Health Centre…

Lithuanian military receives 142 Unimog trucks

Thursday, October 22, 2020

On Wednesday, Lithuania’s Armed Forces received a shipment of 142 Unimog U5000S trucks, according to the country’s Defence Ministry. The Lithuanian military has now received 340 Unimog trucks under a 70-million-euro contract signed with Germany’s Faimler AG in 2015 Lithuania has acquired the vehicles through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), which helped the country save 18 million euros, the ministry said in a press release. “The NATO agency…

Annual military parades cancelled due to pandemic

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The annual military parades planned for November 11 (Latvia’s remembrance day for soldiers) and November 18 (Independence Day) have been cancelled due to the prevailing pandemic, the Ministry of Defense announced October 14. “Taking into account the national restrictions related to the spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Defense informs that the annual military parades of the National Armed Forces scheduled for 11 and 18 November will not take place,” the…

Dozen people suspected of plundering Lithuanian army property

Friday, October 9, 2020

Lithuania’s Military Police and police have disclosed an army property plundering group at one of the army’s units, the military on Thursday. Suspicions have been brought against 12 soldiers and civilians. Some of them have been detained. Officers from the Military Police, in cooperation with Lithuania’s police, have carried out procedural actions for several months. One soldier was temporarily detained and later released, suspected of having abused his official position…

Lithuanian “Smart Griffin” with American accent

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Thursday, October 1, 2020

Smart Griffin – 2020 exercise (Sumanus Grifonas 2020), organized by the Motorised Infantry Brigade “Žemaitija”, has begun at the training ground in the Klaipeda region (Kairiai). The Ministry of Defence of Lithuania reports that it will last until October 2. Smart Griffin 2020 is the first exercise in a new military training cycle that begins this fall. Its purpose is to train the “Žemaitija” battalions in planning defensive actions in…

Armed forces must lose ‘industrial age capabilities’

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Britain Chief of the Defence Staff says there needs to be a focus on the new battlefields of space and cyber. Britain’s armed forces will have to give up some “industrial age capabilities” in order to compete effectively in the new battlefields of space and cyber, the UK’s most senior military commander has warned. General Sir Nick Carter, the Chief of the Defence Staff, said the UK had to…

Baltic States at the epicenter of military exercises

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Baltic States have become the scene of NATO military actions especially aimed at provoking Russia and Belarus. At the end of September, this year’s largest military exercise “Sword 2020” will take place in Latvia. Approximately 1000 Vidzeme Brigade bodyguards and soldiers, representatives from the Lithuanian Armed Forces Volunteer Defense Forces and the NATO Extended Presence Battle Group will take part in the training. They will carry out the tasks…

Lithuania continues to strengthen its military amid Belarus concern

By Adomas Abromaitis on Thursday, September 3, 2020

Lithuania continues to buy American military equipment despite assurances that Belarus has no cause for Lithuanian military buildup concern. Economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many European countries to consider cancelling or delaying their military acquisition programs. This does not apply to Lithuania. It has confirmed that initial deliveries of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) from the U.S. will take place as scheduled in 2021. So,…

Belarus ‘escalates tensions’ by launching military drills near Lithuanian border

Monday, August 17, 2020

Neighbouring Belarus is trying to escalate tensions by launching unplanned military exercises in the border region, Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said on Monday. “I can confirm the information announced yesterday by Belarus about the exercises close to the Lithuanian and Polish borders,” the minister said in a statement sent to BNS. “But we don’t see any military threat from Belarus today. It’s an exercise, despite being unplanned, and it…

Military Mind and the Pandemic

By Tomas Jermalavicius on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

“The streets of many American cities and towns are nearly deserted. News reports offer viewers and readers communities tightly shuttered as if bracing for an incoming hurricane. But it is not a hurricane that finds Americans avoiding one another ‘like the plague.’” This is not a passage from the latest news article on the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic. It is from a chapter entitled ‘Pandemic’ in a 2009 book by…