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Around 400 Lithuanian troops this month are starting their standby duty in the NATO Response Force (NRF) and the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), the Defence Ministry said on Monday.
Lithuanian troops during the flag raising ceremony in Vilnius 2017
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Lithuanian troops have also been assigned for standby in the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF), which is being created, it said.

The troops from the Lithuanian Land Force, the Special Operations Force, the Logistics Command, the Deployable Communications and Information Systems Module, and the military police will be on standby for different components of the NRF.

A very shallow water mine countermeasures team of the Lithuanian Navy will join the NRF in the second half of this year.

All the military personnel assigned to the Alliance' rapid response units will continue to serve in their permanent bases throughout the standby period, but they will maintain a very high level of readiness.