October 12-14 NATO Military Representatives of 21 allied nations are conducting a visit to Lithuania. The delegation is briefed on the situation on the eastern flank of NATO, visiting Lithuanian military units and NATO military units deployed in Lithuania to learn about their activity and organization, meeting with Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania Arvydas Anušauskas, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys, top command and staff of Lithuanian and allied units in Lithuania.
“It is truly an honour to host NATO Military Representatives in Lithuania. I am certain that as a result of this visit both, NATO Military Committee and the countries represented by our guests, will have a much clearer picture of Lithuania’ security and defence situation. I have thanked the Military Representatives for the military deployments here and the assistance to strengthen Lithuania’s defence and deterrence. Development and growth can happen only in a safe country,” Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys said to the NATO Military Representatives.
At the meeting at the Ministry of National Defence the guests were briefed on the development of the Republic of Lithuania National Defence System infrastructure and host nation support, modernization of equipment and gear and new acquisitions.
“NATO needs to remain united and strengthen deterrence and defence in the face of the threat from Russia. In the light of it, cooperation and allied military presence – NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group, NATO Force Integration Unit and the NATO Air Policing Mission – in Lithuania constitutes our chief security guarantee,” said Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas.
The guests are also planned to visit military personnel of other NATO allies serving in Lithuania: the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Rukla, troops with the U.S. 3-66 Battalion at General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė, and the NATO Air Policing Mission currently conducted by the Royal Danish Air Force and the Portuguese Air Force at Šiauliai Air Base. The NATO Military Representatives are also planned to visit Exercise Iron Wolf 2021-II which began yesterday and trains over 3000 military personnel from 12 NATO allies and Ukraine.
NATO Military Representatives are officers that serve on behalf of their respective Chiefs of Defence at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels (Belgium). Lithuania’s current Military Representative to NATO and the EU is Brigadier General Remigijus Baltrėnas. His main task is to represent the Chief of Defence of Lithuania and national military interests at the NATO Military Committee and the EU Military Committee.
Photo credit: Sgt Spc 1st Class I.Budzeikaitė