October 1, 2018 (Google Translation) – Finnish Navy and Estonian Navy organize Baltic Shield 2018 -exercise together Oct 1 – 11 2018 in the Archipelago Sea and Gulf of Finland.
Baltic Shield 2018 is a mine counter-measures and firing exercise for vessel units of the Finnish and Estonian navies. The aim of the exercise is to improve capabilities needed in national defense. The exercise will also develop interoperability between the two countries.
Baltic Shield 2018 consists of two phases, of which the first will be organized in Finland and the second in Estonian sea areas. The Finnish part of the exercise will be led by Commander Mika Raunu, the Commander of the 4th Mine Counter-Measures Squadron, Coastal Fleet.
From Finland there are about 90 persons and from Estonia about 70 persons participating in the exercise. Finnish vessels in the exercise are Katanpää-class Mine Hunters, Coastal MHC Purunpää and MHC Vahterpää and Pansio-class Mine Layer Inshore MLI Porkkala. Estonian vessels are ENS Wambola and ENS Ugandi.