NATO Ships Visit Klaipeda

October 16, 2018 – Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group One (SNMCMG1) under the command of Commander Peter Ramboer of the Belgian Navy visited in Klaipeda, Lithuania on October 12th to 15th 2018. The group made a routine port visit to Klaipeda as part of their annual schedule of operations. Planned activities included courtesy calls with local authorities, a force reception and ships opened to visitors. The visit is a visible demonstration of NATO’s continuous presence to ensure national sovereignty through Collective Defense. On the occasion Commander Peter Ramboer said:…

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Sea Rescue: FGS Hessen Helps Ferry from Klaipeda

October 2, 2018 (Google Translation) – In front of the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda, a ferry arrived on 2 October with 335 people in distress. The frigate “Hesse” of the German Navy had taken over the coordination of the rescue on site and was prepared for a possible evacuation. On board the ferry “Regina Seaways” it came around 13 o’clock to strong smoke developments and thereby fire alarm was triggered. By radio, the frigate “Hesse” received the emergency call of the ferry and made immediately on the way to the…

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BALTOPS 2018 Begins in Klaipeda

Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS), the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, takes place in the Baltic Sea from June 1-15, 2018. Air, maritime and ground assets from several NATO ally and partner nations are involved in the live training event that sets sail from Klaipeda, Lithuania, and finishes in Kiel, Germany. Training focus areas include air defense, anti-subsurface warfare, maritime interdiction, mine countermeasures and amphibious operations. The exercise enhances flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations to strengthen combined response capabilities, as well as demonstrate international resolve to…

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NATO Ships Visit Klaipeda

Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group One (SNMCMG1) under the command of Commander Peter Ramboer of the Belgian Navy arrived Klaipeda, Lithuania May 31st 2018. The group is conducting a routine port visit to Klaipeda as part of their annual schedule of operations. Planned activities include courtesy calls with local authorities and preparations for BALTOPS 18, the premier maritime exercise in the Baltic Sea region. The visit is a visible demonstration of NATO’s continuous presence in the Baltic Sea. Prior to the visit in Klaipeda, the group took part in…

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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 around the clock every day of the week. On the last leg of the journey, the vessel participates in the international BALTOPS 2018 exercise, which begins at the port stage…

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Hue City Completes Port Visit in Klaipeda, Lithuania

February 13, 2017 – Guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66) completed a scheduled port visit in Klaipeda, Lithuania, as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG) deployment, Feb. 10. The visit aimed to enhance U.S.-Lithuanian relations. During the visit, the crew had the opportunity to engage with members of the Lithuanian navy and public. While in Lithuania, Hue City hosted distinguished visitors from the Lithuanian Navy, Embassy and Ministry of Defense during an on-board luncheon and tour. During the visit, Hue City hosted 17 ship tours…

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USS Hue City Arrives in Klaipeda, Lithuania

February 6, 2017 – USS Hue City (CG 66) arrived in Klaipeda, Lithuania, Feb. 6 for a scheduled port visit as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG) to enhance U.S.-Lithuania relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure, and prosperous Europe. The ship’s presence in the Baltic Sea is a demonstration of continued commitment to the collective defense of NATO allies under Operation Atlantic Resolve. “USS Hue City’s visit to Lithuania is a great opportunity to work with our NATO ally and strengthen…

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