Three French Ships Take Part in BALTOPS

June 8, 2021 (Google Translation) – On Wednesday May 26, the High Seas Patroller (PHM) Commandant Blaison sailed from Brest for a month-long deployment in the Baltic Sea to take part in the NATO exercise BALTOPS with the Building based demining divers (BBPD) Vulcain and the Tripartite Mine Hunter (CMT) Andromeda.

After having been the sentinel of the Bay of Biscay for five months, the crew demonstrated an unwavering commitment to ensure the protection of our maritime approaches. At the end of this mission, the Blaison then headed north-east.

During its transit, the PHM took advantage of its patrol in the Channel and the North Sea to train in anti-aircraft warfare before joining the Baltic Sea to join the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) 1 and participate at the combined exercise BALTOPS, organized from 6 to 18 June.

For this 50 th edition of the exercise BALTOPS 2 , eighteen allied nations and partners enhance their interoperability through many exercises from air defense war submarine through amphibious operations and war maneuvers mines. One of the objectives of the exercise will be to ensure freedom of navigation in the area by carrying out several tactical training maneuvers.

For the first time, the cyber dimension, specific to modern conflicts, will be fully integrated into the exercise to allow forces to strengthen their know-how in this strategic area.

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