Baltic Maneuvers: After BALTOPS is Before BALTOPS

Sixteen NATO allies and partners formally ended their two-week major naval exercise in Kiel on June 17 . Two weeks of intensive training lay behind them. Only 50 weeks remain until Baltic Operations 2023. “BALTOPS 2022, with its high level of complexity, has tested our collective readiness and adaptability,” said Vice Admiral Eugene Black, commander of the 6th US Fleet…

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Royal Navy Completes NATO Mission in the Baltic Sea

Royal Navy warships alongside NATO allies have shown the alliance’s staunch commitment to Baltic security during the largest military exercises in the region this year. Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender provided the firepower and leading-edge technology, while six of the smallest craft in the Royal Navy’s inventory – Archer, Charger, Explorer, Exploit, Ranger and Smiter – provided the speed,…

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BALTOPS 22 to Kick Off in June

Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 22, the 51st iteration of the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, takes place from June 5-17. Fourteen NATO Allies, two NATO partner nations, over 45 ships, more than 75 aircraft, and approximately 7,000 personnel will participate in BALTOPS 22. BALTOPS 22 provides a unique training opportunity that strengthens combined response capability critical to preserving the…

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Belgium Holds Large-Scale Rescue Exercise in the North Sea

“Attention, here’s the commander of patrol vessel POLLUX. Our ship collided with a windmill. The ship has suffered serious damage but can still sail on an independent basis. There are several injured people on board and drowning people at sea. The emergency services have been alerted. Try to keep your composure.” Fortunately, this was not a reality but just the…

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Exercise Obangame Express 2022 Set to Begin

Obangame Express (OE22), the largest multinational maritime exercise in Western Africa, will kick off its 11th year with 32 participating nations at an opening ceremony in Dakar, Senegal, Mar. 11, 2022. Sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), OE22 is designed to improve regional cooperation, maritime domain awareness (MDA), information-sharing practices, and tactical interdiction expertise to enhance the collective capabilities of…

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FS Cormoran PASSEX with Belgian Navy

June 25, 2021 (Google Translation) – From June 19 to 21, 2021, the Public Service Patroller (PSP) Cormoran visited Zeebrugge, Belgium. During this period, the Cherbourg crew conducted several exchanges with the Belgian special forces. The French crew thus seized the opportunity to carry out two opportunity exercises ( Passe exercise – PASSEX). First, the Belgian Special Operations Boat Unit…

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50th BALTOPS Kicks Off in June

May 24, 2021 – The 50th Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise, the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, takes place in the Baltic Sea from June 6-18. This milestone exercise demonstrates a steadfast commitment to NATO and continues to change to meet evolving regional security requirements. Air and maritime assets from NATO allies and partner nations are involved in the…

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Forbin in Exercise Formidable Shield 21

May 25, 2021 (Google Translation) – On Saturday May 15, 2021, after two days of operational break in compliance with the health constraints due to COVID-19, the crew of the Air Defense Frigate (FDA) Forbin left the Scottish port of Fairlie to reach the area of FORMIDABLE SHIELD 21 sea demonstration and exercise, west of the Hebrides. Forbin joined the…

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NATO warships start major air and missile defence exercise

May 15, 2021 – Europe’s biggest and most complex air and missile exercise gets underway on Saturday (15 May 2021) with ships and aircraft from across NATO defending against a variety of missiles. Exercise “At-Sea-Demo/Formidable Shield” is held primarily at the Hebrides range off Scotland, and also at the Andoya training site off Norway, involving 15 ships and dozens of…

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International Baltic Sea Exercise

March 12, 2021 (Google Translation) – Mine hunting in the Baltic Sea – around 150 marines from Kiel will face this task over the next few weeks. On Monday, March 15, 2021 at 9:30 am, the anti-mine boats “Fulda”, “Bad Rappenau” and “Grömitz” will leave their home port. Accompanied by the “Elbe” tender from the support squadron as flagship and…

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