FS Pegasus Participates in BALTOPS 2019

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…

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Fort McHenry Concludes BALTOPS Operations

June 26, 2019 – USS Fort McHenry concluded exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019, June 21. BALTOPS, now in its 47th iteration, featured ships and aircraft from 18 nations, and is the largest maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic region. “BALTOPS 2019 was truly an impressive feat when you think about what we were able to accomplish,” said Cmdr. Steve Schmidt, commanding officer of Fort McHenry. “18 countries came together and displayed the diverse skills of professional mariners. I am proud to have commanded the Sailors and Marines aboard Fort McHenry during…

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Damaged ORP Gniezno Returns From BALTOPS 19

June 17, 2019 (Google Translation) – Damaged during the BALTOPS 19 exercises, the Polish ORP Gniezno ship returns to the country according to the schedule – said on Monday the spokesperson of the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla, kmdr pdr. Grzegorz Lewandowski, quoted by the Polish Press Agency. In Poland it should appear on Monday. As Grzegorz Lewandowski informed, “the ship practiced landing operations, during one of the entrances to the beach it hit an underwater object, damaging the cover in the bottom part”. The Defender emphasized that the risk of…

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U. S. 2nd Fleet to Lead BALTOPS 2019

April 2, 2019 – U.S. 2nd Fleet (C2F) will lead the 47th annual exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019, the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region that takes place in the Baltic Sea mid-June 2019 marking the fleet’s first time operating in the European theater since reestablishment in 2018. Commander, C2F, Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis, will lead the exercise on behalf of U.S. Naval Forces Europe. He addressed more than 200 planners at the BALTOPS final planning conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, April 2. “As you all are aware, U.S.…

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BALTOPS 2019 Planning Conference Commences in Poland

December 8, 2018 – Rear Adm. John B. Mustin, deputy commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet, addressed maritime planners from partner navies at the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019 Initial Planning Conference (IPC) conducted at the Polish Naval Academy Library Building, Dec. 4-6. The three-day information exchange was attended by 14 participating nations and focused on determining structure and scenario outlines for the upcoming BALTOPS exercise, which is scheduled to be conducted in the Baltic Sea region in mid-2019. “We owe it to our partnership, and to the world, to make a statement,”…

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