Multinational Exercise Amber Hope 2011 to involve land,air and sea operations

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    Multinational Exercise Amber Hope 2011 to involve land,air and sea operations
    8 June 2011

    Multinational exercise Amber Hope 2011 will involve around 2,2 thousand military and civilian personnel from 9 NATO member countries- Estonia, the USA, Canada, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania and Norway, and two Partnership for Peace (PfP) countries NATO partners - Georgia and Finland. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Ukraine are expected to delegate to the Exercise.

    The multinational exercise "Amber Hope 2011" to be hosted by Lithuania on June 13-23 will involve all the branches of armed forces - land, naval, air and special operations. In the period of the exercise they will operate as an integrated multinational peace support forces.

    Land component during the Exercise will train at the Lithuanian Armed Forces Pabradės Training Area, maritime component - at the Baltic Sea, air component - in Kairių and Pabradės Training Areas and over the Baltic Sea, Special Operations troops will improve their skills at Pabradės Training Area and seaside.

    On the basis of the Exercise scenario generated in close relation to the ongoing NATO and the EU operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia, and drawn to real-life conditions to the maximum extent, the training will put to test readiness of troops to take part in the contemporary NATO-led operations in multinational environment.

    Land component of the Exercise will consist of two multinational battalions, engineer and protection from mass destruction weapons platoons. In Amber Hope 2011 it will be the biggest military unit in number.

    Troops of the land component will train conducting live firing, riot control, medical evacuation, escort, convoy, patrolling, and other tasks.

    Air component will support participating units by integrated air operations. It will conduct close air support (CAS) operations, imitate air raids and air support operations, air surveillance, medical evacuation and airlift of the injured, search and rescue operations (SAR), tactical air lift (TAL). Air operations will involve two helicopters of the Lithuanian Air Force Mi-8 and two light assault aircrafts L-39 ZA.

    According to the maritime component plan of the Amber Hope 2011 scenario six vessels of the Lithuanian Naval Force (LNF), harbour cutter H21, and the Sea and Coastal Surveillance Service will participate in the training.

    The Exercise will also train readiness of ship crews and staff officers to respond to a changing situation in the process of naval operation at sea on the basis of a military conflict scenario.

    Exercise "Amber Hope 2011" will proceed in two phases. During the first phase from June 13 to 18 participating military personnel will improve procedures related to tactical warships manoeuvring in formations, water-surface object detection and observation, battle with above-water targets, search and neutralisation of naval mines, artillery fire at sea, etc. The aim of the phase is to coordinate ability of several ships to implement joint military operations in an integral unit. In this phase special operations and air components will train together with warships.

    During the following stage on June 19-23 maritime component will operate according to an established scenario. Personnel of the maritime component will act in two groups. One of them will conduct maritime assistance and at-sea defence operations, the other - a fictitious assault and diversions.

    The Sea and Coastal Surveillance Service of the Lithuanian Naval Force will execute reinforced maritime surveillance from naval observation posts, record suspicions actions of the fictitious enemy at sea. Maritime component will operate jointly with the special operations component, hostile forces at sea will be played by harbour cutter H21 and search and rescue vessel "Å akiai".

    Multinational exercise Amber Hope 2011 will involve around 2,2 thousand military and civilian personnel from 9 NATO member countries- Estonia, the USA, Canada, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania and Norway, and two Partnership for Peace (PfP) countries NATO partners - Georgia and Finland. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Ukraine are expected to delegate to the Exercise.

    Lithuania will be represented by personnel from all the branches of the Lithuanian Armed Forces -the Land Force, the Air Force, the Naval Force and the Special Operations Forces, representatives from the Public Security Service and the Lithuanian Red Cross Society.

    Goal of the Exercise "Amber Hope 2011" is to enhance cooperation among the military divisions of the Partnership for Peace and NATO countries while training to take part in joint crisis response operations and strengthen military cooperation between NATO and partners of the Alliance.

    "Amber Hope 2011" will also improve and evaluate readiness of the Lithuanian Armed Forces to deliver Host Nation Support (HNS) to incoming forces.



    Source: Ministry of National Defence Republic of Lithuania
     
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    Troops from nine countries gather for Amber Hope 2011 in the PabradÄ—s Training Area
    14 JUNE 2011

    Since the evening of June 12, more than 1800 military personnel from nine NATO and Partnership for Peace program countries have gathered for multinational Exercise Amber Hope 2011 (AH11) at the Lithuanian Armed Forces' PabradÄ—s Training Area. Approximately 500 of the 1800 military personnel have come from abroad.

    An infantry company from Estonia arrived in DAF trucks, and brought their own weaponry - the majority of which was their 7.62 mm AK4 assault rifles. Around 280 military personnel from Finland arrived for the Exercise in four groups - the first group came to Vilnius by civilian aircraft, while the second flew by military aircraft. The third group of Finns arrived by train, bringing military transport vehicles for the Exercise, which included SISU armored trucks, and Toyota and Mercedes-Benz ATVs. The remainder of the contingent came by bus. Finnish troops will use their own standard equipment for AH11, including assault rifles installed on SISU armored vehicles, MK19 automatic grenade launchers, 81 mm mine throwers and Finnish Rk95 7.62 mm assault rifles.

    Platoons from neighboring Latvia arrived by military truck and brought their own weaponry, including AK4 and G3 7.62 mm assault rifles (which are also used by Lithuanian Armed Forces) and KSP 58 light machine guns.

    Fifty Pennsylvania National Guard servicemembers arrived both by civilian and military aircraft. The US military brought their own medical equipment for AH11, which they will use for conducting the Tactical Combat Healthcare Course. Representatives from Georgia, Norway and Canada arrived at PabradÄ— via civilian airline. Polish, Canadian, Norwegian, and U.S. representatives will not train as part of the multinational battalions in the Exercise, so they did not bring military equipment.

    Meanwhile, Lithuanians who arrived on June 12 started the Exercise by clearing the Varnakis lake coastal area, and on the eve of opening ceremonies, personnel from Lithuania, Estonia, Georgia, USA, Canada, Latvia, Poland, Norway and Finland participated in a rehearsal.

    Amber Hope 2011 is the largest Exercise held in Lithuania this year, and will take place simultaneously in the PabradÄ—s Training Area and Lithuania's territorial waters of the Baltic Sea. The goal of the Exercise is to enhance interaction of military units from NATO and Partnership for Peace program countries with a view of jointly conducting crisis response operations and strengthening military cooperation among members of the Alliance.

    During the Exercise, the readiness of Lithuanian Armed Forces to render Host Nation Support for incoming allied forces will also be enhanced and evaluated.


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    Multinational Exercise Amber Hope 2011 officially begins
    14 June 2011

    June 13 marked the official opening ceremonies for Amber Hope 2011, the largest multinational military exercise held in Lithuania this year. The ceremonies were held in Klaipėda, Naval Flotilla, and Pabradės Training Area - the latter accommodating the greater number of exercise participants. Lithuanian Minister of Defence, Rasa Juknevičienė, Chief of Defence for Lithuania, Maj Gen Arvydas Pocius, Ordinary Bishop of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Gintaras Grušas, Chairman of the Lithuanian Red Cross Society, Romualdas Konstantinas Dobrovolskis, component chiefs of the Lithuanian armed forces, military representatives of foreign states, and other honourable guests attended the opening event in Pabradė.

    "It is a great honour and also a challenge to·organise this Exercise, where both Lithuania's allies and partners participate," said Minister of National Defence, Rasa Juknevičienė. "Amber Hope has grown both in ambition and scope since 1995, testifying to the significance of the Exercise for security in the region, and for the Alliance and partner countries. We also
    invited observers from all neighbouring countries, as it is an important element in strengthening our joint effort to increase transparency and mutual trust. Contemporary armed forces must be capable of, and maintain readiness for, responding instantly to a range of challenges in multinational operations. As such, the central goal of the Exercise is to continue strengthening the interaction of NATO and partner countries in conducting crisis response operations, as well as strengthening multilateral military cooperation", added Juknevičienė.

    The Lithuanian Minister of National Defence also noted that Lithuania would be commemorating the 70th anniversary of tragic forced expulsions, and expressed delight that the situation in Lithuania today is completely different - a fact she raised as she stood amidst a crowd of troops, strong and determined to defend their motherland.

    After the official opening ceremony, the guests observed a display of weaponry and equipment from Exercise participants, and inspected a field hospital established for the Exercise. The entire event was accompanied with music provided by the Lithuanian Armed Forces Band.

    "Despite the recession a country must prepare for national defence, so it was decided that further delaying Amber Hope would be unacceptable, so it was resurrected after a four-year absence," stated Chief of Defence for Lithuania, Maj Gen Arvydas Pocius.·

    The first phase of the Exercise began as early as the afternoon of June 13, and will last until June 18. During this phase,
    units will complete a range of crisis response operations, and staff elements will conduct operational planning for crisis response operations. This phase will prepare participants for the active phase of the Exercise.

    During the following phase of the exercise, from June 19 to 23, troops will follow an established scenario based on current experiences of Lithuanian and foreign states in Afghanistan, Iraq and off the Somali coast.

    The Exercise will take place from June 13 to 23 simultaneously in both the PabradÄ—s Training Area, and the territorial sea and exclusive economic zone of Lithuania in the Baltic Sea. It will involve more than 2,000 military and civilian personnel from seven NATO countries - Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and the USA, and two partner countries under the Partnership for Peace program - Georgia and Finland. Observerations for the Exercise include: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Ukraine.

    Lithuanian Armed Forces have been organizing Amber Hope since 1995. The last series of Amber Hope was held in KlaipÄ—da in 2007. This year, the Exercise is organized and conducted by the Joint Headquarters of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.


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    First Phase of Multinational Exercise Amber Hope 2011
    16 JUNE 2011

    The official opening ceremonies at the PabradÄ—s Training Area and the Naval Flotilla in KlaipÄ—da, which took place on June 13, were followed by the first phase of the largest multinational Exercise in Lithuania this year - Amber Hope 2011. The first phase of the Exercise will last until June 19 and its goal is to train the Exercise units and staff for the second phase when manoeuvring units will train according to an established scenario unknown to most participants. The Exercise Staff will conduct coordination, observation, control and evaluation of the executed operations.

    Exercise Amber Hope 2011 (AH11) is being held concurrently in both the PabradÄ—s Training Area and the territorial waters of Lithuania in the Baltic Sea. At the PabradÄ—s Training Area, during the first phase of training, two international battalions, an engineer platoon, and a nuclear, biological, chemical (NBC) defence platoon will practice executing present-day NATO-led operations in a multinational environment. The units will train in precision firing, riot control, rendering first aid, medical airlift, escort and convoy duties, counter-improvised explosive device (EOD) actions, mine neutralization, installing observation and control posts and conducting respective tasks, patrolling, conducting NBC clearance and a variety of other tasks.

    At seven other locations within the PabradÄ—s Training Area, the aforementioned actions will be instructed by Lithuanian troops, the riot/crowd control training will be provided by representatives of the Lithuanian Public Security Service, and search and cordon operations will be instructed by Finnish Defence Forces.

    Military medics from the Pennsylvania National Guard are sharing experiences with Lithuanian military medics who are taking the Tactical Combat Healthcare Course under their US colleagues' instructions.

    During this first phase, the Exercise staff will employ the Joint Exercise Management Module (JEMM) to conduct crisis response operations under the Exercise scenario for the staff in the two international battalions. Actions of manoeuvre units are simulated by the Joint Conflict and Tactical Simulation (JCATS) operators from the Gen Adolfas Ramanauskas Warfare Training Centre. During this week, the air component will conduct air reconnaissance of landing sites by Mi-8 helicopters, and enact close air support for surface forces using the L-39.

    The Naval and special operations component of AH11, with support from the air component, will drill in tactical warship formation manoeuvres, detection and observation of water-borne surface objects, counter-surface actions, naval mine detection and neutralization, artillery firing at sea, defence from non-conventional combat tools, transfer and reception of cargo from ships and aircraft, and at-sea interrogation and detention of transgressor ships in the territorial waters of the Republic of Lithuania in the Baltic Sea. The goal of naval units during phase one is to coordinate capabilities of several ships to conduct operations as a single unit, and prepare properly for the follow-on phase. The aforementioned operations involve five warships of the Lithuanian Naval Force, one harbour cutter and the Sea Coastal Surveillance Service.

    During the second phase of the Exercise, from June 19 to 23, the Exercise staff and all of the training units will follow a scenario established from experiences gleaned by Lithuanian and other Allied militaries in multinational operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and off the Somali coast. JCATS will not be involved in this aspect of the Exercise.

    More than 2, 000 military servicemembers and civilians from seven NATO countries - Canada, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Norway, Poland and U.S.A., and two NATO partner countries under the Partnership for Peace programme - Finland and Georgia, are taking part in Exercise Amber Hope 2011. Observers nations for the Exercise include: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Ukraine.

    Lithuanian Armed Forces have been organizing Exercise Amber Hope since 1995. The last Amber Hope series was held in KlaipÄ—da in 2007. This year, the Exercise is organized and conducted by the Joint Headquarters of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.


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    Five Lithuanian military vessels have deployed to the Baltic Sea for multinational training Exercise Amber Hope 2011
    16 June 2011

    On June 14, 9.00 a.m., warships of the Lithuanian Naval Force, including (LNF) M53 "Skalvis," M54 "Kuršis" and P14 "Aukštaitis" conducted a coordinated cast off at the Naval Flotilla and departed for sea in support of Amber Hope 2011. Other vessels involved in the Exercise will join them shortly, in accordance with the Exercise scenario.

    Five LNF vessels will be engaged in the Exercise: two patrol and two mine countermeasures vessels, Search and Rescue ship "Å akiai" and harbour cutter H-21. They will all operate as one unit with the Special Operations Forces, Air Force elements and LNF Sea Coastal Surveillance Service.

    The Exercise scenario, generated on the basis of ongoing NATO and the EU operations and mirroring real-life operations as closely as possible, will test the readiness of troops to conduct present-day NATO-led operations. Crews and naval staff officers will train in a military conflict scenario to test their readiness to respond to a changing situation during the course of military naval operations.

    After a four-year break, multinational Exercise Amber Hope 2011 is taking place simultaneously in both the PabradÄ—s Training Area and the Baltic coast. The Exercise involves more than 2,000 military and civilians from 9 countries - Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and U.S.A, and two Partnership for Peace partner countries - Finland and Georgia.

    Lithuania is represented by all components of the Lithuanian Armed Forces - land, air, navy and special operations forces, members of the Public Security Council and the Lithuanian Red Cross Society.

    The Land component of Amber Hope 2011 consists of two international battalions, the naval component is comprised of six vessels, while the air component encompasses two L-39 "Albatros" jet trainer aircraft, and two MI-8 helicopters.

    The Land component will train at the Lithuanian Armed Forces Pabradės Training Area, the naval component in the Baltic Sea, air component in the Pabradės and Kairių military areas, and over the Baltic Sea, and the special operations forces component will drill their skills in both the Pabradės Training Area and on the Baltic coast.

    The goal of Exercise Amber Hope 2011 is to enhance cooperation among the military divisions of the Partnership for Peace and NATO countries while training to take part in joint crisis response operations, and strengthen military cooperation between NATO and partners of the Alliance.

    Amber Hope 2011 will also improve and evaluate readiness of the Lithuanian Armed Forces to deliver Host Nation Support to incoming forces.


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    Source: Ministry of National Defence Republic of Lithuania
     

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