Naval Oceanography has Small Footprint, Big Impact at BALTOPS

June 24, 2019 – With more than 18 nations, 50 surface ships, 36 aircraft, two submarines and 8,600 personnel involved in the 47th annual Baltic Operations (BALTOPS), the people of Naval Oceanography are easily overshadowed but their work fortifies the entire exercise. “Before any ship, submarine or aircraft enters or effectively maneuvers in the Baltic Sea and surrounding region, it…

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BALTOPS 2019 Wraps Up in Kiel

June 21, 2019 – The 47th annual Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019 came to a close June 21 as ships and crewmembers from 18 nations returned to Kiel, Germany. BALTOPS is a joint, multinational maritime-focused exercise that includes air, maritime, and ground assets and provides a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring…

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BALTOPS 2019 Marks Milestone for ESG-2’s Re-designed MOC

June 19, 2019 – Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) TWO Rear Adm. Brad Skillman and staff finished strong at the conclusion of exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019. Unique for this exercise is Skillman’s command of a 21-ship multinational Amphibious Task Force Forward Deployed, assisted by staff operating in the newly modernized Maritime Operations Center (MOC) at ESG-2 headquarters in Norfolk,…

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USS Fort McHenry Conducts Amphibious Operations in the Baltic Sea

June 14, 2019 – USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) participated in an amphibious landing on the Estonian coast while participating in exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019, June 12. U.S. Marines assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Spanish Marines assigned to 2nd Batallon De Desembarco, Brigada De Infanteria De Marina (2nd Landing Battalion, Marine Infantry Brigade) disembarked Fort…

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Mine Warfare Takes Center Stage in BALTOPS 2019

June 11, 2019 – Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis, Commander, U.S. Second Fleet, visited with forces from exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) Mine Warfare Task Group during the first day of operations during the exercise June 9. Lewis, the commander of BALTOPS 2019, spoke of the relevance of working with partner nations in the areas of mine warfare during BALTOPS, as…

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Russia Holds Their Own BALTOPS

June 10, 2019 (TASS) – Several naval groups comprising corvettes, small missile ships and an anti-submarine warfare vessel have sailed to practice ranges in the Baltic Sea for naval drills, the Baltic Fleet’s press office reported on Monday. “As part of planned drills, the naval hunter-killer and surface action groups comprising the corvettes Boiky and Stoiky, the small missile ships…

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NATO Navies Test Readiness in Baltic Sea

June 8, 2019 – Around 8,600 U.S. and European troops from 18 nations are taking part in the annual BALTOPS naval exercise that starts on Sunday (9 June) in Germany’s Baltic Sea port of Kiel. The 47th BALTOPS exercise involves maritime, air and ground forces with about 50 ships and submarines and 40 aircraft and will run through 21 June.…

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BALTOPS 2019 Begins In Germany

June 7, 2019 – Maritime forces from 18 nations commenced the in-port operations for the 47th annual multinational exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) in the Baltic Sea, June 9-21. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic region and one of the largest exercises in northern Europe, enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations. Vice Adm. Andrew…

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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update June 4

The President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė, observed a naval demonstration from the Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20). Two Polish Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft performed a fly-by while Grybauskaitė was aboard. Grybauskaitė, Vice. Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO); and Rear Adm.…

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Finnish Navy 2018 Training Cruise Begins April 29

Six-week sailing will be directed to the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean this year. The training vessel is operated by Miinalaiva Uusimaa. Each year, the Navy School of Education has trained seafarers, nurses, and mining personnel and conscripts working as a training vessel. There are about twenty different classes on board and training is given…

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