Kearsarge ARG Visits Baltic Sea Allies and Partners

The USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in multiple Baltic Sea ports for scheduled port visits to allied and partner nations, August 5, 2022. ARG flagship Kearsarge, USS Arlington (LPD 24), and USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) arrived in Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; and Tallinn, Estonia, respectively, demonstrating the United…

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Gorch Fock Departs on First Training Mission After Refit

On Monday, August 8, 2022 at 10 a.m., sail training ship Gorch Fock will leave her homeport of Kiel to embark on the first foreign training voyage under the command of Captain Andreas-Peter Graf von Kielmansegg (55). For the first time in a long time, more than 100 cadets from the 2021 crew will be sailing on the white three-master.…

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USS Kearsarge Arrives in Helsinki for a Port Visit August 5th

The United States Navy’s amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge will arrive in Helsinki for a port visit 5 – 8 August. USS Kearsarge is a Wasp-class 257 meter-long amphibious assault ship. The vessel is carrying for example several helicopters and smaller amphibious vessels. The USS Kearsarge is also transporting appx 2,000 marines and sailors. The ship will berth in the…

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Meyer Turku to Build Two Patrol Vessels for Finnish Border Guard

In the tender organized in 2021, the Finnish Border Guard Service selected Meyer Turku Oy as the supplier. The parties signed the shipbuilding contract in Helsinki today, June 29, 2022. The basic design of the new ships will begin immediately. The first ship will be completed in 2025 and the second ship in 2026. The ships are assembled and equipped…

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FGS Sachsen Open to the Public in Helsinki May 29th

One of the most capable ships in the German navy will visit Helsinki on 25-30. May. According to Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Finland’s application to join NATO is a welcome step, which is why the Chancellor said on 17 May 2022: “We will intensify our military co-operation, especially in the Baltic Sea, in the form of joint exercises.” The Saxony frigate…

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NATO’s SNMG1 Visits Helsinki October 30th

NATO’s Permanent Ship Division will arrive in Helsinki for a port visit next weekend and train with the Coastal Fleet when it leaves. NATO’s Maritime Rapid Reaction Force Standing NATO Maritime Group 1, SNMG1, will visit Helsinki from Saturday to Monday, 30 October. – 2.11.2021. The vessel department will berth at Hernesaari wharf for the duration of its visit. The…

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Finnish Navy Conducts PASSEX with SNMCMG1

May 12 2020 – NATO’s Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) continued its Baltic Sea deployment and visited Helsinki, Finland between 8 and 11 May 2020. Following the port visit they conducted exercises with Finnish naval units in order to showcase the interoperability and cooperation between as partners. Due to the challenges caused by COVID-19 and measures taken by both…

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