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Enhanced Vigilance Activity Neptune Strike 2024 in Lithuania conducted with air support from the Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO  

Enhanced Vigilance Activity Neptune Strike 2024 in Lithuania conducted with air support from the...

NATO enhanced Vigilance Activity Neptune Strike 2024 is conducted from the Mediterranean to the Baltic Sea where training ship groups with submarine and aircraft capabilities ensure support for the Lithuanian military training in Exercise Thunder Strike 2024.     

The deterrence activity conducted across the maritime, land and air domains by the NATO Striking and Support Forces (STRIKFORNATO) involves 11 NATO Allies this year, including Lithuania.  The Lithuanian Special Operations Forces training in the Neptune Strike and Thunder Strike activities conducted airborne infiltration, object reconnaissance, capture, live fire, direct action and other tasks at the Brigadier General Kazys Veverskis Training Area and interacted with  the Czech helicopter teams and Portuguese fighter jet teams conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission from Lithuania.

Enhanced Vigilance Activities is a peacetime routine of the NATO Striking and Support Forces (STRIKFORNATO). It highlights the scope of NATO’s maritime capabilities and integrates land and air capabilities. In demonstration of the Alliance unity, combat capabilities and resolve to defend the Allied territory.   

The NATO Striking and Support Forces (STRIKFORNATO) was established in 2012 by signing a Memorandum of Understanding among 13 NATO Allies: Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Pain, Türkiye, United Kingdom and the United States.   Based in Oeiras, Portugal, the STRIKFORNATO Headquarters does joint maritime operational planning and execution, including ballistic missile defence and integration of task forces, including amphibious landing, of U.S. and other Allied Nations who have aircraft careers.

Neptune Strike and Thunder Strike held in Lithuania are an integral part of all the military Lithuania runs this spring with over 20 000 Lithuanian and Allied troops.

Photo credit: SSgt Spc. Ieva Budzeikaitė |Lithuanian Armed Forces