Chief of Defence to discuss security challenges with 11 counterparts at the annual Northern Europe CHODs conference in Helsinki

Chief of Defence to discuss security challenges with 11 counterparts at the annual Northern...

On September 30 Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys attends the Northern Europe Chiefs of Defence Conference in Helsinki, Finland, alongside his counterparts from Denmark, Estonia, UK, Latvia, Poland, Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Germany, and Iceland’s Director General of the Directorate of Security and Defence of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The conference addressed the Northern European and Baltic Sea region security environment and its challenges seeking to promote dialogue and understanding among the participants.

Representatives of the co-hosts of this year’s conference, the U.S. European Command and the Finnish Defence Forces, will chair the different sessions of the event that will review threats in the Northern region, enhancement of military mobility and air defence in the region, and unification of procedures and technical capacity in order to ensure interoperability between NATO and non-NATO countries in case of crisis. A session will also be dedicated to U.S. EUCOM exercise in 2022.

The Northern Europe Chiefs of Defence Conference is also attended by sergeant majors from the participating countries, their meeting agenda covers enrolment and retention of service members, possible future challenges for service members and soldiers and potential solutions, significant attention will be dedicated to professional training and upskilling. Lithuania will be represented by the Command Sergeants Major of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Sgt Maj Remigijus Katinas.

The Lithuanian Armed Offices has an intense cooperation with the U.S. EUCOM in the area of military training. Every year military personnel with units of different services are gaining experience in 15 U.S. EUCOM-hosted exercises of different levels, focus and scope.

The Northern Europe Chiefs of Defence Conference ir organized by the U.S. EUCOM and the host nation. This year the attendees were invited by the Chief of Defence of Finland. The conference takes place once a year on a rotational basis. Last year the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo credit: Sgt Spc 1st Class Budzeikaitė

Spokesperson for the Chief of Defence Capt Rūta Montvilė

+370 5 278 5091, +370 682 25359, ruta.montvile@mil.lt