F-4 Phantom of the German Air Force landed in Šiauliai

Ear­ly in the evening of Jan­u­ary 2 the first four F4 Phan­tom fight­ers of the Ger­man Air Force land­ed in the Šiau­li­ai Air Base of the Lithuan­ian Air Force (LITHAF) to patrol the Baltic air­space for the oncom­ing four months.

Pic­ture by Alvy­das Tamošiū­nas

On Jan­u­ary 4 the offi­cial changeover cer­e­mo­ny of the NATO Baltic Air Polic­ing mis­sion will take place at the LITHAF Šiau­li­ai Air Base. After a four-month tour of duty Dan­ish Air Con­tin­gent will be replaced by Ger­mans with six F-4 Phan­tom fight­ers. The cer­e­mo­ny will be attend­ed by Lithuan­ian, Ger­man, Dan­ish, Eston­ian, and Lat­vian mil­i­tary del­e­gates and civil­ian rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the city and dis­trict of Šiau­li­ai.

Ger­many will pro­tect secu­ri­ty of the Baltic skies for the fifth time.

For the media:
Media rep­re­sen­ta­tives will­ing to observe the changeover cer­e­mo­ny at the Air Base on Wednes­day, Jan­u­ary 4, should reg­is­ter before 1400 of Tues­day, Jan­u­ary 3, with the Air Base at 00370 41 59 21 51 or e-mail ieva.gulbiniene@mil.lt. Reg­is­tered media rep­re­sen­ta­tives should arrive at the Šiau­li­ai Air Base (Lakūnų str. 3, Šiau­li­ai) at 1035 on Jan­u­ary 4.

Media rep­re­sen­ta­tives will­ing to attend the cer­e­mo­ny will have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to use MOD trans­port. Those will­ing to use it are to con­tact the Pub­lic Rela­tions Depart­ment of the Min­istry of Nation­al Defence before 1400 of Tues­day, Jan­u­ary 3 (POC — Asta Galdikaitė) at 00370 5 273 5519, 00370 687 90 765, or e-mail vis@kam.lt, full name and the name of the rep­re­sent­ed media will be required as well as e-mail address and con­tact phone num­ber. Trans­port leaves from the square in front of the Min­istry of Nation­al Defence on Wednes­day, Jan­u­ary 4, at 0735.

Min­istry of Nation­al Defense Repub­lic of Lithua­nia

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