Posts tagged as Siauliai

Air defence of the Baltic States is in bad condition

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The air defence of the Baltic States is too weak to protect NATO reinforcements coming to aid, according to a report by an Estonian defence think tank. The Estonian study recommends the Baltic States to acquire medium-range anti-aircraft systems and an adequate supply of missiles, as well as better command and communications networks. Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are small, and so are their armed forces. The few NATO troops and…

Past and future of Šiauliai Air Base (Video)

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Friday, March 5, 2021

Šiauliai Air Base is one of the major airfields in the Baltics used by NATO. In 1931, an airfield was built specifically for Lithuanian Air Force. In 1940 airfield was placed at the disposal of the Red Army. After the Second World War, the airfield was expanded and specially transformed for the needs of Soviet aviation. In 1993, Russian troops were withdrawn from the territory of Lithuania. The airfield was…

Venclauskai family adopted, raised, and educated over 100 children in Šiauliai

Monday, October 5, 2020

Amid the turmoil of the early 20th century, the Venclauskai family adopted, raised, and educated over 100 children in Šiauliai, a town in northern Lithuania. “They were extraordinary people that left a deep mark in Šiauliai. It is impossible to talk about Šiauliai history without mentioning the Venclauskai family,” said Vilma Karinauskienė from the History Department of Šiauliai Aušra Museum. The husband Kazimieras Venclauskis was a famous lawyer. He loved…

Germany issues travel warning for Lithuania’s Šiauliai region

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Šiauliai County has been included into Germany’s list of coronavirus high-risk areas. Šiauliai County is one of 10 administrative divisions in Lithuania and is currently home to some of the biggest coronavirus hotspots in the country. The biggest cluster, Radviliškis Hospital, accounts for 139 confirmed cases of Covid-19, while Šiauliai Hospital has been linked to 53 cases. Of the 91 new coronavirus cases reported on Thursday, 19 were in Šiauliai…

US to expand Šiauliai Air Base

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Thursday, August 13, 2020

On 5th of August Ambassador of the United States of America Robert S. Gilchrist, Vice Minister of National Defence Eimutis Misiūnas and other representatives of the Lithuanian and the U.S. Armed Forces visited Šiauliai Air Base to view and discuss the new infrastructure, which could provide necessary conditions for maintaining air defence tasks. It was presented new ground equipment maintenance hangars, helicopter hangars, air operations center, three fighter aprons, up-to-date…

United States provides 24 million euros for strengthening Lithuanian Air Force Base capability

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Elements of infrastructure built on U.S. donations at the Lithuanian Armed Forces Air Force Base in Šiauliai were handed over to the Lithuanian Armed Forces. New ground equipment maintenance hangars, OPS facility, three fighter aprons, up-to-date fighter arresting gear and lighting installation of one of the aprons, several taxiways and areas and roads for ground vehicles enhances readiness of the Lithuanian Air Force Base to host NATO allies , strengthens…

Lithuania to build new barracks for Americans

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Tuesday, August 4, 2020

On 30th of July Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said that USA will deploy a battalion of troops to Lithuania this autumn for a rotation of more than half a year. The defence minister’s comment came shortly after U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said “there are opportunities” to send additional American forces to Poland and the Baltic States as the United States is slashing its military presence in Germany. Besides, R.Karoblis…

Some 230,000 respirators arrive in Lithuania from China

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Around 230,000 respirators for medics were delivered to Lithuania on Tuesday night, the Health Ministry said. They were jointly purchased by hospitals in Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai and Panevėžys as well as Kaunas Municipality. The ministry says there are five safety levels defining when and what specific personal protection equipment should be used by medics. The different levels take into account their work environment and the group of patients the…

Hungary to Resume Baltic Airspace Mission from 2022

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Hungary is to resume its duties as part of the Baltic airspace mission from September 2022, Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s foreign minister, said on Tuesday in Siauliai, Lithuania. Szijjártó visited the Siauliai air base at the conclusion of Hungary’s current mission to protect Baltic airspace which started in May this year, involving 92 Hungarian soldiers, including 7 pilots and four Jas-39 Gripen aircraft. The troops were scrambled 43 times and spent…

US led air defense exercise “Rapid Forge” starts in Baltics

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

On 16th July U. S. Air Force aircrafts F-15E and C-130 landed at the Siauliai Air Base Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai to take part in the U.S. led Operation Rapid Forge, regional air defense exercise. “Exercise Rapid Forge sends a strong signal of commitment of the US to defend Baltic States and Lithuania in increasingly complex security environment”, acting Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis says. Rapid Forge is a joint exercise…