A 12-strong vessel boarding team from Lithuania has left for the operation area in the Mediterranean aboard FGS Rhein following two weeks of joint training with the German ship's crew. The vessel is expected to reach its destination by the end of March.
The key tasks of the group are to identify, detain, search and interrogate ships and crews suspected of smuggling weapons or migrants. A second Lithuanian team is expected to replace the first one in two to three months' time.
On 27 May Lithuanian government has allowed renewing more flights to Germany and the Netherlands .