On September 15 a deployment ceremony was held in Vilnius for the National Defence Volunteer Force, Lithuanian Land Force, troops to the United Nationals Mission in Mali, Africa.
“This mission is necessary not only for Mali but to Europe and Lithuania,” said Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas at the ceremony farewelling the deploying military personnel.
In his turn, Chief of the Defence Staff of the Lithuania Armed Forces Brig Gen M. Steponavičius said he was convinced the military personnel were prepared for what was ahead of them within days and wished them responsibility, focus and initiative in the critical task of protecting their brothers in arms. General asked those deploying repeatedly to share experience and know-how and to retain the same level of responsibility as in the first deployment. He also reminded to the troops and their families to stay connected, call, write, share news.
The unit formed by the NDVF Great Battle Military District (Vilnius) volunteer troops deploys to a six-month rotation to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), Gao province in the eastern part of the country. The 12th rotation of the Force Protection Unit (FPU-12) will ensure security of forces within the base perimeter operating in composition of the German Company.
The deploying rotation have undergone base protection, detection of threats, first medical aid training and cooperation with German colleagues. The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was launched in in Mali in July 2013, the National Defence Volunteer Force sent Lithuania’s first FPU-1 in October 2017. The 12th rotation will replace colleagues from Darius and Girėnas Military District after their six-month deployment.
Photo credits: Lt Artūras Čyras and Cpl Michail Lysenko