Sixth Fleet Announces Sea Breeze 2019 Participation

July 25, 2019 – U.S. 6th Fleet is going to participate in the upcoming Sea Breeze 2019 (SB19), an exercise which brings together 19 nations, 32 ships, 24 aircraft and more than 3,000 troops. The 19th iteration of Sea Breeze, an annual, multinational maritime exercise with land, air, and sea components, is scheduled to be July 1-12. The exercise seeks to build combined capability and capacity to ensure maritime regional security and foster stronger friendships among partnering nations. SB19 will be co-hosted by the United States and Ukraine to enhance…

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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. The training includes finding and destroying sea mines and submarines, the use of air defence and landing troops onshore as well as defence against attack from enemy navy vessels. “The…

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Forces From 14 Countries in UK for Major Navy Exercise

March 15, 2019 – Hundreds of Royal Navy personnel will join forces with warships, submarines and aircraft from 13 other countries for a two-week exercise. Naval ships, Royal Marines and helicopters from the Fleet Air Arm will be in and around Scotland for Exercise Joint Warrior. It will see the navy work alongside the Army and Royal Air Force as well as tri-service counterparts from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and the US. In total, there will be 6,500 personnel at sea,…

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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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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update: June 10

Vice. Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO), flew in an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter to meet with the crew of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96). Mine-countermeasure ships and explosive ordinance disposal teams located simulated munitions in the vicinity of Ustka, Poland; Klaipeda, Lithuania; and Bornholm Island, Denmark. The six ships assigned to commander, Standing NATO Mine Countermeasure Group (SNMCMG) 1, conducted anti-surface drills in a fast attack craft/ fast inshore attack craft exercise. Onboard the Blue…

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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update: June 2

Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018 kicked off with participating nations attending a pre-sail conference at Hotel Amberton Klaipeda on June 1. BALTOPS is an annual joint, multinational maritime-focused exercise scheduled for June 1-15, 2018. It is designed to improve training value for participants enhance flexibility and interoperability, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Baltic Sea region. The exercise will involve maritime, ground, and air forces so as to strengthen combined response capabilities necessary to ensure regional stability. Participating nations in BALTOPS include Belgium, Denmark, Finland,…

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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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Latest EU Attempt to Duplicate NATO

On 11 December 2017, the Council adopted a decision establishing Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), less than a month after receiving a joint notification by member states of their intention to participate. The 25 member states participating in PESCO are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden. On 13 November 2017, ministers from 23 member states signed a joint notification on the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and handed it over…

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