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Lithuanian VPDs for EUNavfor

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Lithuanian servicemen at the pre-departure ceremony on June 26 in Vilnius. (Lithuanian Defense Ministry)

(BRUSSELS2) The first soldiers of the Lithuanian “National Support Element (NSE-A)” for the EU anti-piracy operation (EUNavfor Atalanta) are being deployed to Djibouti. They will ensure the logistical component for Operation Atalanta. In particular, they will have to organize and coordinate logistical support for the autonomous ship protection detachments (VPDa), ensuring their supply of food and water as well as the renewal of equipment.

This deployment comes a few days before the small Baltic state takes over the presidency of the European Union (July 1). This unit, like the VPD (teams on board the ships), will also be deployed over the next six months, during the presidency. The Lithuanian Diet authorized the deployment of Lithuanian military personnel in the Eunavfor Atalanta operation, up to 30 people until the end of 2015.

The NSE-A includes 18 soldiers; two of them, Captain D. Dilys and Captain A. Savičius, will be deployed a month before their colleagues to prepare for the arrival of the VPDa soldiers and equipment. “ We are the first to deploy, so inevitably we will be faced with a lack of specific experience, cultural differences, and ultimately, unusual climatic conditions. explained the commander of the NSE-A, Captain D. Dilys.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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