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7th rotation of the Force Protection Unit left for Mali

7th rotation of the Force Protection Unit left for Mali

During the night of April 2 military personnel of the 6th Territorial Unit of the Resurrection Military District of the National Defence Volunteer Force left for Germany from where they will deploy with German colleagues to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The Lithuanian soldiers were taken to Germany by the C-27J Spartan of the Lithuanian Air Force.

The 7th rotation of the Force Protection Unit deployed to MINUSMA comprises over 30 professional military service soldiers and volunteer soldiers with the 6th Territorial Unit of the Resurrection Military District of the National Defence Volunteer Force (NDVF).


The deploying soldiers were farewelled at Šiauliai Airport by Commander of the Resurrection Military District Lt Col Mindaugas Statkus and Sergeant Major Sgt Maj Darius Senuta. The volunteer troops left for the area of operation ready and determined to carry out the tasks delegated to them. The formal deployment ceremony for the 7th rotation of the Force Protection Unit was held in Šiauliai on March 11.


Soldiers of the 6th Territorial Unit of the NDVF Resurrection Military District will replace colleagues from the 8th Territorial Unit of the NDVF Great Battle Military District who had been serving in the area of operation since October.


The Lithuanian Armed Forces took every precaution necessary with regard to the COVID-19 situation and threats: members of the 7th rotation of the Force Protection Unit carried out the 14-day self-isolation period prior to deployment, personnel of the Military Medical Service tested them for the coronavirus as it was required by the leadership of the international operation. All the tests were negative and full rotation eligible for deployment.


Up to 50 Lithuanian soldiers can be deployed to Operation MINUSMA in 2020-2021 at one time according to the mandate approved by the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania.


The United Nations launched Operation MINUSMA in the Republic of Mali in 2013. Its current strength is approx. 13,000 military personnel. Lithuania contributed its first Force Protection Unit formed by NDVF troops to the operation on 19 October 2017. Lithuanians are operating side by side with colleagues of the German Contingent and protecting Camp Castor in the Gao province, eastern part of Mali. MINUSMA was launched to stabilise situation in the country, support implementation of the transitional period action plan, protect the civilian population, promote and defend human rights, support delivery of humanitarian aid and protection of cultural heritage.


Information by the NDVF


Photo credits: NDVF 6th Territorial Unit, Lithuanian Air Force