Two Lithuanian soldiers from the National Support Element (NSE) have been seen off to the Operation ATALANTA in Africa, the Ministry of National Defence said on Thursday.
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The NSE soldiers will be providing logistic support to subsequent Lithuanian units which will be in charge of protecting a UN World Food Program-chartered vessel.

"As Lithuania deploys to an international operation, it demonstrates solidarity with its allies. This is particularly crucial today when the geopolitical situation requires us to be ready to deploy our troops to operations worldwide so that we can expect help when in need,” Commander of the Logistics Command Colonel Sigitas Mundris said at the formal deployment ceremony.

The two deployed logistics specialists of the Lithuanian Armed Forces will be based in a French-led military base in Djibouti, capital of the Republic of Djibouti, the ministry said.

As of March 2016, Lithuania will contribute two Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachments (AVPD), both 16-strong, to the EU Naval Force Somalia to protect a UN WFP vessel transporting humanitarian assistance to the continent of Africa.

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