Colonel Dainius Guzas, the new commander of Lithuania's Air Force, was inaugurated into the position at a ceremony in the Air Force headquarters in Kaunas on Monday.
Aviacijos bazės vado pasikeitimo ceremonija
© KAM

Guzas served as the Air Force's deputy chief of staff for operations before his new appointment.

Guzas began his service in the national defense system in 1992 and rose through the ranks of the Air Force to become the commander.

His predecessor, Audronis Navickas, lost the post of the Air Force commander, over plans to send Lithuanian military helicopters to Russia for an overhaul. Navickas has taken the Defense Ministry to court over his dismissal.

According to the Defense Ministry, the process of sending the Mi-8 helicopters to Russia was cleared by high-ranking defense officials before it was stopped at the last stage in 2016.

The Foreign Ministry says that helicopter repairs in Russia would have run counter to the European Union's decisions on sanctions against Moscow and to Lithuania's foreign policy.

Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

NATO jets in Baltic scrambled once to intercept Russian plane

NATO fighter jets, stationed in the Baltic states as part of the NATO air policing mission, were...

US Army deploys tanks, IFVs to Lithuania for training

The US Army's Abrams tanks and Bradley infantry fighting vehicles were on Friday transported to...

Defense Ministry moves to lower upper age limit for conscripts to 23 years (Updated)

The Lithuanian Defense Ministry proposes to lower the upper age limit for draftees for mandatory...

Croatia to rejoin NATO battalion in Lithuania in 2 years

Croatia plans to rejoin NATO 's multinational battalion in Lithuania in two years' time, the...

Government asks MPs to allow it to borrow funds to meet 2 pct defense spending target

The Lithuanian government has asked the parliament to allow it to borrow funds to increase defense...