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RAF Takes Part In Lithuanian Remembrance Service

An RAF Typhoon fighter jet conducted a flypast as part of the annual Klaipeda Sea Festival commemorations.

The Royal Air Force has taken part in a remembrance ceremony in Lithuania.

The annual Klaipeda Sea Festival, held on Lithuania’s Baltic coast, celebrates the country's maritime culture and commemorates those killed at sea.

The RAF is currently deployed to the country as part of NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission - helping to protect the alliance's airspace in the region alongside the Spanish Air Force.

Detachment Commanders from both forces joined Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda for the commemorations.

Wing Commander Stu Gwinnutt, RAF Detachment Commander, alongside his Spanish counterpart, laid a wreath as part of a short ceremony on board Lithuanian navy ship Kuršis.

"It was a great honour to be invited to join the President’s party aboard LNS Kuršis, especially as she is a former Royal Navy warship," said Wg Cdr Gwinnutt.

"Both the Air Force detachments currently serving in Lithuania with NATO, are from countries with a strong maritime tradition and it was a great experience, not least to meet our colleagues from the Lithuanian Navy."

An RAF Typhoon completed a flypast as part of the commemorations (Picture: RAF).

After the service, an RAF Typhoon and Spanish Air Force EF-18 carried out a joint flypast.

Earlier this week, Mr Nausėda visited RAF personnel deployed on the NATO mission in the country to thank them for their work. 

Cover image: Wing Commander Stu Gwinnutt (Picture: RAF).