Croix du Sud Trains With Swedish Navy

October 9, 2019 (Google Translation) – On 30 September 2019, the Croix du Sud tripartite mine hunter deployed in the Baltic Sea for a month, conducted a series of exercises off Sweden in cooperation with the Swedish Navy’s H(SW)MS Trossö . The purpose of these common exercises was to enhance interoperability between the two Allied navies while providing quality crew training. The H(SW)MS Trossö , a 72m long multi-purpose vessel with a crew of 64 sailors, had just joined the NORTHERN COASTS 2019 international exercise , like the Southern Cross…

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RFS Korolev Practices Laying ASW Minefield

September 28, 2019 (Google Translation) – The large landing ship (BDK) “Korolev” of the Baltic Fleet, in the framework of the Baltic Fleet’s combat readiness check, completed the tasks of mine-setting in sea ranges in the Baltic Sea. The crew of the landing ship staged a defensive anti-submarine minefield in a given area, putting a total of about 20 training ground mines. In addition to mining the water area, paratroopers worked out protection against weapons of mass destruction at the transition by sea. When parking in an unprotected raid, the…

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Baltic Beckons for Minehunter HMS Cattistock

October 3, 2019 – Off on a whistle-stop NATO assignment around the ports and inlets of the eastern Baltic for the next seven weeks is minehunter HMS Cattistock. The veteran Hunt-class ship departed not her native Portsmouth, but the less-familiar surroundings of Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde after completing a demanding month of pre-deployment training. She’ll make her way eastwards over the next week before linking up with Standing Mine Countermeasures Group 1, the NATO force dedicated to keeping the waters of northern Europe free of mines and historic ordnance.…

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FS La Motte-Picquet & Croix du Sud in Exercise Northern Coasts 2019

September 27, 2019 (Google Translation) – For almost two weeks, from 6 to 18 September 2019, the Allied navies trained in the Baltic Sea as part of a scenario created from scratch. The Task Force 356 was established as part of the year “NOCO19” Northern Coasts 2019 . The international exercise was organized by Germany and brought together allied countries of the zone (Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Sweden). The aim was twofold: to operate as a task force set up in a…

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Over 40 ships begin exercise Northern Coasts in the Baltic Sea

September 3, 2019 – Around 3,000 troops and more than 40 vessels from 18 nations are taking part in the annual Northern Coasts naval exercise that starts on 3 September in Copenhagen. Northern Coasts will take place near the Danish straits connecting the Baltic Sea to the North Sea, as well as between Kiel and Bornholm. It will run until 19 September. “The Baltic Sea is of vital importance for the Alliance and is bordered by six NATO countries”, said NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu. “Northern Coasts is now in its…

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Russian Navy Exercise Ocean Shield-2019 in the Baltic Sea

August 2, 2019 (Google Translation) – The forces of the Northern Fleet, which took part in the Main Naval Parade, began the inter-naval exercise of the Russian Navy “Ocean Shield – 2019”. At various stages of maneuvers, more than 20 warships, submarines and support vessels will be involved in them, as well as up to 20 aircraft and helicopters of anti-submarine, fighter and bomber aircraft of the Northern Fleet. More than 4.5 thousand troops will be directly involved and ensure the actions of the forces of the Northern Fleet. Currently,…

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Project 22800 Sovetsk on Sea Trials

June 28, 2019 (Google Translation) – The newest small rocket ship (IRA) “Sovetsk” of the project 22800 “Karakurt”, built at the Pella shipyard for the Baltic Fleet, went to the Baltic Sea to undergo factory driving tests. At the moment (SSC) the Sovetsk has gone to sea and the crew proceeded to undergo factory running trials in the offshore blocks of the Baltic Fleet. During the meeting, representatives of the factory commissioning commission together with the crew will conduct maneuvering and speed tests, check the operation of all units, systems…

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UK Joint Expeditionary Force Deploys to Baltic Sea

May 20, 2019 – Royal Navy flagship HMS Albion deploys to the Baltic Sea today to lead a multinational task group in support of European security. Thousands of UK armed forces personnel will take part in the first UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) maritime deployment. HMS Albion carries the joint staff who will command the deployment – codenamed Baltic Protector – drawn from the Plymouth-based headquarters of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines and the staff of the Commander of the Amphibious Task Group. It marks the first deployment of the…

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UK-led high-readiness force to deploy to the Baltic Sea

April 3, 2019 – Nearly 2,000 UK Armed Forces personnel will deploy to the Baltic Sea for a series of multinational exercises in support of European security. Sailors and marines from all nations of the UK-led high-readiness Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) will take part in the deployment, due to take place in May, which will underline the importance of protecting Europe at a time of increased threat. This week, Defence Ministers and representatives from JEF countries will come together at the Ministry of Defence to discuss the deployment and test…

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Baltic Fleet Ships Undergoing Weapons Training

February 18, 2019 (Google Translation) – The crews of the ships of the Baltic Fleet took to the sea for scheduled combat shooting. In total, more than ten warships and support vessels were involved in combat training activities. In the Baltic Sea will be held artillery battles by single ships. Seafarers will have to perform artillery and anti-aircraft fire at sea targets and air assets of the conditional enemy in the conditions of countering aviation of a conditional enemy. When firing, the personnel of the radio engineering combat units of…

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SU-27 Intercepts US Navy P-8A

January 28, 2019 (Google Translation) – Russian means of airspace control over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea detected an air target approaching the State border of the Russian Federation. A Su-27 fighter jet on duty scrambled to intercept the target. The crew of the Russian fighter approached a safe distance to the air object and identified it as a P-8A Poseidon spy airplane of the US Air Force. After it left the Russian air border of Russia, the Su-27 from the duty force on air defence returned to…

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Project 877 Dimitrov Returns From Baltic Sea Training

November 21, 2018 (Google Translation) – The diesel-electric submarine (diesel-electric submarines) “Dmitrov” completed the complex of combat training tasks in the Baltic Sea and headed for the Gulf of Finland, after which it would return to its permanent station – Kronstadt. One of the main stages of the combat training of the crew of “Dmitrov” was the successful torpedo firing, carried out in the framework of the delivery of the course task, as well as the provision of combat training of anti-submarine ships of the Baltic naval base. At the…

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HMS Montrose Trains in Baltic

Just days after Britain committed to closer military co-operation with nations bordering the Baltic, Royal Navy warship HMS Montrose threw herself into two weeks of training with the Finnish and Swedish Navies. The Plymouth-based frigate – fresh from shadowing Russian corvettes in the North Sea – headed to the tip of the Baltic for a two-week workout with stealth ships and missile boats. On the eve of Exercise Baltic Cross, the Defence Ministers of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom signed a ‘memorandum…

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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update June 3

Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018 continued with the final day of the pre-sail planning conference with the 22 participating nations making final preparations before moving to the next phase of the operation. Vice. Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, traveled to Liepaja Naval Base, Latvia, to meet with Raimonds Bergmaniss, Latvian minister of defense, and Latvian Rear Adm. Ingus Vizulis, commander of the Latvian Naval Force Flotilla. Sailors from the Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC…

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