Lithuanian Armed Forces apply preventive measures against the virus spread, military personnel assist civilian institutions

Lithuanian Armed Forces apply preventive measures against the virus spread, military personnel...

On March 16 the Spartan C-27 J transport aircraft of the Lithuanian Air Force took off for Germany from the Air Force Base in Šiauliai at 1600hrs to bring back Lithuanian citizens struggling to return from abroad. The aircraft will not only flew back with Lithuanian citizens but also with donor stem cells for transplantation aboard.

"The main task of the Lithuanian Armed Forces is armed defence of the state, that is why we continue military training activities, however, we are also implementing the peacetime plans and rendering assistance to the state and its agencies in parallel with that", Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys says.

The Lithuanian Domestic Support Forces have been deployed since March 2 in support of civilian institutions. Military personnel is examining and registering passengers at Lithuanian airports for the National Public Health Centre, they are also on duty at border posts with State Border Guard Service officers, putting up tents at the airports, etc. Also, on March 16 another nearly 40 soldiers of the Lithuanian Domestic Support Forces were sent to help State Border Guard officers to control 18 check-post on the border with Latvia and Poland through which entrance into the Republic of Lithuania had been temporarily prohibited.


On March 15 the Logistical Element of the Domestic Support Forces was activated: its military personnel set up three tents with lighting and heating at Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga airports for travellers to wait in until disinfection of arrival platforms is finished.

Three Territorial Units of the National Defence Volunteer Force which are on standby for the Lithuanian Domestic Support Forces have been additionally deployed since March 14 at the request of the Ministry of the Interior. Roughly 20 soldiers (from the 1st Territorial Unit of Dainava Military District (Alytus), 5th Territorial Unit of Vytis Military District (Panevėžys) and the 6th Territorial Unit of the Resurrection Military District (Šiauliai) of the National Defence Volunteer Force assigned to the Domestic Support Forces) are working with State Border Guard colleagues at the border-crossing check-posts on the border with Latvia and Poland to inform and register those returning to the territory of the Republic of Lithuania. The soldiers are working together with the police, State Border Control and other institutions. Military personnel is helping to set up sanitary-information posts on border cordons at Pūškai (Vilnius distr.), Šiauliai, Palanga, and Kalvarija.

The Lithuanian Domestic Support Forces were deployed from early March to support the National Public Health Centre units conducting inspection and registration of passengers from COVID-19-stricken areas at airports of Vilnius, Kaunas, and Palanga, as well as in the central and the container terminals of the Klaipėda Seaport. Roughly 40 soldiers in all four sites are helping Ministry of Health experts to the manage passenger flow, and to register and inform those returning to the Republic of Lithuania.The task is carried out by soldiers of the National Defence Volunteer Force 8th Territorial Unit (Didžioji Kova Military District, Vilnius), 2nd Territorial Unit (Darius and Girėnas Military District, Kaunas), and the 3rd Territorial Unit (Žemaičiai Military District, Klaipėda).

The Lithuanian Armed Forces is continuing the regular military training activities while observing recommendation of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania since the imposition of the quarantine: service trips to foreign countries have been limited, mass events and celebrations in enclosed premises have been cancelled, meetings are held through technology (calls, teleconferences), duty personnel are given personal protective gear, access to different military units has been limited, additional training on the matter is given to military personnel. National and international exercises have been halted except for the routine combat training in units and training areas. The bulk of military courses at education institutions have been paused, the remaining part is delivered as distance learning.