June 25, 2019 (Google Translation) – For the 2019 edition, the BALTOPS combined exercise regrouped some fifty surface and underwater units and some forty aircraft. Placed under the tutelage of the second US fleet, 18 nations participate in a series of multi-fight and multi-media exercises. Focusing on submarine mine search and neutralization, the use of air defenses, troop disembarkation, and defense against enemy ship attacks, this annual exercise was designed to enhance the interoperability of allies while contributing to optimize the responsiveness of the Alliance. It is also one of the activities contributing to NATO’s insurance measures in the Baltic region.
Once again, France is participating in this opus by directly integrating the tripartite minesweeper (CMT) Pegasus in the SNMCMG1 ( NATO Maritime Counter-Minning Group 1 ), under the command of MARCOM.
This group, whose specific capabilities are essential for the amphibious operations programmed in the BALTOPS scenario, is deployed as a precursor for securing the access roads to the landing points of the troops.