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2013.08.02 08:46

Lithuanian representatives take prize positions at Parachuting School Challenge 2013

DELFI|The Lithuania Tribune2013.08.02 08:46

The formal closing ceremony of the 34th International Parachuting School Challenge 2013 (Fr. Challenge Inter-Ecoles de Parachutisme; CIEP-2013 LITHUANIA) took place in the Vytautas the Great War Museum gardens in Kaunas on July 26 2013, reports the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence. 

The formal closing ceremony of the 34th International Parachuting School Challenge 2013 (Fr. Challenge Inter-Ecoles de Parachutisme; CIEP-2013 LITHUANIA) took place in the Vytautas the Great War Museum gardens in Kaunas on July 26 2013, reports the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence.

The ceremony was conducted in attendance of Vice Minister of National Defence Marijus Velička, Ambassador of Belgium in Lithuania HE Peter Lescouhier, Vice Mayor of Kaunas Vasilijus Popovas, and division commanders of Kaunas Garrison.

“Stamina and dedication are required in each sport, but skydiving also helps a soldier develop an ability to retain control and to be certain of his actions,” Velička said.

“Skydivers are required to take that daily step out of the plane unhesitatingly, just like soldiers have to walk their path of service firmly and fulfil the duties committed to them. A soldier must know fear and how to defeat it. A soldier can only fear one thing, which is disgrace and failure to complete his duties,” he continued.

The Lithuanian military team won five gold, three silver and four bronze medals in CIEP.

The German team won first places in all the events, and Lithuania’s team of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf was in at second place. The Lithuanian Special Operations Forces team claimed third positions.

Regarding individual ranking, Lithuanian representatives won gold, silver and bronze in the firing events, gold medal in static-line accuracy jumps, silver and bronze in swimming. In team ranking, Lithuanians were scored well in the firing, swimming and accuracy landing, which brought them silver. Lithuania also secured bronze in the orienteering and firing.

The 34th iteration of the Parachuting School Challenge and School Commanders’ Symposium for the first time held in Lithuania pulled together 60 participants from Belgium, Estonia, Poland, Lithuania, Portugal, France and Germany.

CIEP 2013 LITHUANIA, which took place from 22-26 July, was organised by the Division General Stasys Raštikis Lithuanian Armed Forces School.

Lithuanian military parachuting specialists have been participating in CIEP events since 2006, and for three consecutive years, Lithuania’s military representatives won prize positions and first positions in static-line events.

In 2012, a team from the Parachute Training Centre of the Lithuanian Armed Forces School won gold in France in shooting event, and a further five bronze medals in team events.

The Parachute Training Centre of the Division General Stasys Raštikis Lithuanian Armed Forces School trains parachutists for the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

Military personnel are taught forced opening parachute jumps, tactical static-line, and free-fall jumps. Each staff instructor at the Centre has an estimable experience of approximately several thousand jumps.

Staff at the Centre also provide obligatory technical maintenance with appropriate professional expertise, consisting of mounting and repairing of the parachute stock of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, and attend local and international parachuting competitions.

Experience gathered and strong sports results testify to the high training level of the Lithuanian parachutists. Lithuanian military parachutists have claimed gold three times, and bronze and silver – seven times in CIEP events since 1991.

Participants of two World Air Games and over 13 World Championships and World Cups, today military staff instructors of the Parachute Training Centre of the Lithuanian Armed Forces School form the basis of the Lithuanian National Skydiving Sports Team.

Commander of the Parachute Training Centre Major Audrius Miečius takes pride in the second best result in Lithuania, with experience of over 7,000 parachute jumps.

  

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