Lithuania — Third rotation of the Air Training Team deploy to Afghanistan

Feb­ru­ary 15, the third rota­tion of the Lithuan­ian-led multi­na­tion­al Air Train­ing Team (ATT‑3) was deployed on the mis­sion in Afghanistan from the Lithuan­ian Air Force’s (LITHAF) Šiau­li­ai Air Base. The unit will pro­vide train­ing for local Afghan heli­copter pilots and main­te­nance crews.

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The new shift includes 8 troops from LITHAF Air Base and one rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Lat­vian mil­i­tary.

Just like the pre­vi­ous groups ATT‑3 will be deployed at Kan­da­har Air­field and con­tin­ue train­ing Afghan Nation­al Army mem­bers to con­duct squadron lev­el heli­copter oper­a­tions.

The ATT‑3 deploy­ment cer­e­mo­ny is expect­ed to be attend­ed by lead­er­ship of the Lithuan­ian Air Force and its units as well as lead­er­ship and mil­i­tary per­son­nel of the Air Base and fam­i­lies of the deployed troops.

By the deploy­ment of the Air Train­ing Team (ATT) to the Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force’s (ISAF) mis­sion in Afghanistan Lithua­nia con­tributes to the train­ing of the Afghan Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Forces. Lithuan­ian-led ATT at Kan­da­har Air­field pro­vides train­ing for heli­copter pilots and main­te­nance per­son­nel since spring 2011. Lithuan­ian and Lat­vian mil­i­tary per­son­nel in the team are joined by Bel­gian and Ukrain­ian mil­i­tary.

Source:
Min­istry of Nation­al Defense Repub­lic of Lithua­nia

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