Delegation of Foreign and Defence Ministers Will Pay A Visit to the Šiauliai Air Base in the Margins of Vilnius Conference 2014
(Source: Lithuanian Ministry of Defence; issued April 2, 2014)
Three US Air Force F-15C fighters on the tarmac at Lithuania’s Šiauliai air base, where they recently reinforced the Baltic Air Police mission which is currently marking its 10th anniversary. (Lithuania AF photo)
On April 3 a delegation of foreign and defence ministers of NATO member states and high-ranking NATO officials, participants of the international Vilnius Conference 2014 held to mark Lithuania’s 10th anniversary of NATO membership on April 3-4, will be conducting a visit in the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai.

Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas will meet the delegation, then the guests will proceed to the Quick Reaction Alert area of the Air Base where air contingents of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission are deployed, view F-15 C Eagle aircraft of the U.S. Air Contingent currently in charge of the mission, and observe their flights.

Minister J. Olekas will present the Medal of Merit to Colonel Harold Van Pee, commander of the first rotation of the Belgian Air Force’s contingent which opened the Baltic Air Policing mission on 29 March, 2004. Another medal will be awarded to the commander of the 2nd Belgian rotation, Major Olivier van der Linden, at the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Belgium.

The Šiauliai Air Base and Vilnius Conference 2014 is expected to be attended by the heads and delegations of the foreign and defence ministries of Albania, Georgia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Macedonia, Croatia, and Romania, NATO Deputy Secretary General, and other high-ranking NATO officials.

The international Vilnius Conference 2014 is organised on April 3–4 by the President’s Office and Ministries of Foreign Affairs and National Defence in collaboration with the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence, Vytautas Magnus University and the Centre for Geopolitical Studies.

The main theme of the conference is NATO’s open door policy. At the event discussions will be held on the importance of NATO enlargement, future vision for the Alliance and partner countries’ role in it.

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