USS Mount Whitney Finishes BALTOPS 2018

USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) concluded the 46th iteration of exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) in Kiel, Germany, June 15. During the two-week BALTOPS exercise, over 100 drills in surface, subsurface, air defense, mine countermeasures, maritime interdictions and joint personnel recovery were completed among the 43 maritime units, 60 aircraft, and approximate 5,000 maritime, ground and air force. “The Mount Whitney performed as the flagship and communications platform for Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO,” said Capt. Robert Aguilar, Mount Whitney’s commanding officer. “Our motto, ‘Vox Marxis’ – voice of the…

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USS Oak Hill Completes BALTOPS 2018

Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018 came to a close June 15 after two weeks of successful training as the participants arrive in Kiel, Germany, for Kiel Week 2018. BALTOPS is an annual, multinational exercise to enhance maritime capabilities, interoperability and support regional stability. This year’s BALTOPS, the 46th iteration since 1971’s inaugural exercise, saw the participation of over 20 countries including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Lithuania, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and NATO. The Harpers Ferry-class amphibious landing ship Oak Hill is one of three U.S. ships…

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Dutch Ships Complete US Baltops

Google Translation The major international exercise US Baltops on the Baltic Sea has been completed. The Netherlands participated with a torpedo ship, 3 mine hunters and a hydrographic recording vessel. Approximately 25 ships from 10 countries trained for 2 weeks. This was done first on the basis of a previously announced program. Then followed a tactical phase without a scenario. The previously practiced skills were used to successfully carry out the mission. Strategic importance The mine hunters Makkum and Vlaardingen and the Snellius shooting vessel were part of a task…

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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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