On June 30-July 1 U.S. vehicles carrier Honor conducted was visiting Klaipėda Seaport to load equipment of the U.S. battalion that had been deployed to Lithuania and take it back to the United States.
Different services of the Lithuanian Armed Forces ensured a safe sail-in of Honor into Klaipėda Seaport, security during the time of being loaded while moored, and her departure from Klaipėda and territorial waters and exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Lithuania in the Baltic Sea, on June 30 - July 1.
The vessel was met by LNS Sėlis (P15) patrol ship of the Lithuanian Navy at the border of Lithuania's exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea and escorted right to the jetty in Klaipėda Harbour. Dauphin helicopter of the Lithuanian Air Force provided surveillance of the distance while Honor vehicles carrier was escorted. When the ship and its escort approached the sea gate, soldiers of the Lithuanian Special Forces Combat Diving Unit in two speed boats joined the escort by the buoy.
Soldiers of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Griffin started guarding the territory around the pier of the container terminal of Klaipėda Seaport where mechanised equipment of the U.S. battalion was ready to be loaded aboard before the ship moored, soldiers of the EOD Diving Unit of the Lithuanian Navy were protecting the harbour water area in boats.
The military equipment was loaded into U.S. vehicles carrier Honor and the ship sailed out of Klaipėda Seaport escorted by the Lithuanian Special Forces Combat Diving Unit with speed boats and weaponry, LNS Žemaitis (P11) patrol ship, and Dauphin helicopter of the Lithuanian Air Force to make sure she would sail into the international waters and out of the exclusive economic zone of Lithuania safely.
Such escorts and guard operations are arranged for ships carrying military equipment in order to protect them from potential symmetric (conventional force) or asymmetric (terrorist) attacks. The Lithuanian Armed Forces have carried out similar operations before.
The responsibility has proven once again that the excellent coordination among different services of the Lithuanian Armed Forces enables it to act at global level and deliver professionally on the Host Nation Support Tasks.
Information credits: Lithuanian Navy
Photo credits: Lt (Navy) Justinas Žukauskas, SCPO Tomas Donauskas, PO1 Audrius Vitkauskas