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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USS Kearsarge Arrives in Tallinn After Exercise Hedgehog 22

Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), flagship of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Tallinn, Estonia for a scheduled port visit, May 27, 2022. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Team’s presence in the Estonian port city demonstrates the United States’ commitment, alongside regional Allies and Partners, to preserving Baltic…

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SNMCMG1 in Operation OPEN SPIRIT 22 in the Baltic Sea

Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) participated in Operation OPEN SPIRIT 22 in the Baltic Sea, May 9-20. Open Spirit is a multinational naval mine clearance and ordnance disposal operation, which this year is led by the Lithuanian Navy and takes place at the Baltic Sea in the Lithuanian economic zone. SNMCMG1 comprises flagship LVNS Virsaitis (Latvia), ENS Sakala…

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U.S., Estonia Kick Off Exercise Hedgehog 22

Members of Task Force 61 Naval Amphibious Forces Europe/2d Marine Division (TF-61/2), operating under U.S. Sixth Fleet, joined their Estonian counterparts to kick off Exercise Siil 22, also known in English as Exercise Hedgehog, in Tallinn, Estonia, May 16. The Estonian-led Exercise Siil, designed to exercise command and control and security threat response while evaluating combat readiness of Estonian 2nd…

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Germany Prepares for Griffin Marker 2022 in the Baltic Sea

On Tuesday, May 17, 2022 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., there was the rare opportunity to look over the shoulder of the DEU MARFOR (“German Maritime Forces Staff”) in its situation center to take a closer look at their mission and tasks. In this context, both the Admiralty and the functional staff answer questions. The exercise “Griffin Marker 2022”…

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International Coalition Hosts Stakeholders Conference

International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) gathered in person at the Naval Support Activity Bahrain and virtually March 31 to discuss the latest regional threats and other issues that are critical to maritime commerce in and around the Middle East. The theme of the industry-focused biannual conference was “The Evolution of International Maritime Security Construct.” The event involved distinguished speakers and…

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Romania Joins International Maritime Security Coalition

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) announced March 26 that Romania has joined a multinational maritime coalition established in 2019 to deter attacks on commercial shipping in the Middle East. Romania joined the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) and its operational arm, Coalition Task Force Sentinel. Headquartered in Bahrain with U.S. 5th Fleet, IMSC previously included eight partner-nations. Romania becomes…

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USS Arleigh Burke Arrives in Tallinn

USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) arrived in Tallinn, Estonia for a scheduled port visit to enhance U.S.-Estonia relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure, and prosperous Europe, Sept. 4, 2021. The ship’s presence in the Baltic Sea demonstrates the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to collective defense of the European region and reinforces the strong bond between…

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