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 the safety of sea-lanes and security of the Baltic region. This year’s BALTOPS was led by U.S. 2nd Fleet (C2F), commanded by Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, on behalf of Naval…

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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 he spoke with task unit leaders from the Mine Warfare Task Group. “Don’t underestimate the importance of what each of you are doing as part of this exercise,” Lewis said.…

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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 Lewis, commander of the U.S. 2nd Fleet, will lead the exercise on behalf of Naval Forces Europe. “No one nation can face today’s challenges alone, we are much stronger together,”…

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