VILNIUS – The Baltic Naval Squadron's (BALTRON) command changeover ceremony will take place on Wednesday at the Lithuanian Naval Force staff in Klaipeda.
The incumbent BALTRON commander, Lieutenant Commander Armands Grebezs, representing Latvia, will be replaced by Lithuanian Commander Audrius Sirvys, deputy chief of staff in charge of training at the Lithuanian Naval Force, for one year, Lithuania's Ministry of National Defense said.
The ceremony will be attended by the commanders of the three Baltic states' Naval Forces, including Lithuanian Flotilla Commander Arunas Mockus, Latvian Navy Commander Captain Kaspars Zelcs and Estonian Navy Commander Captain Juri Saska.
Following the ceremony, the commander plan to discuss further cooperation among the three countries in the area of naval forces.
The Baltic Squadron was established on 28 August, 1998. BALTRON comprises ships and international staff, both provided by Lithuania and Latvia. Estonia has stopped contributing national capabilities to BALTRON since 2015 but the cooperation of the three Baltic states in NATO SNMCMG1 continues. It is a rapid response military units of the Baltic countries' navies, one of its key tasks is to detect and neutralize mines and other unexploded munitions remaining on the Baltic seafloor from World War II. The unit also serves as a training platform before assignments to NATO units.