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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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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NATO Begins Vigilance Activity NEPTUNE SHIELD 22

NATO is conducting vigilance activity NEPTUNE SHIELD 2022 (NESH22), which integrates high-end maritime expeditionary strike capabilities of Sea, Air and Land assets. The activities will take place in the Baltic, Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas, from 17-31 May. In support of Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum and Allied Joint Force Command Naples, NESH 22 is the execution phase of a long…

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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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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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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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NATO maritime and air forces train in the Baltic Sea

August 13, 2020 – Allied ships and aircraft conducted air-maritime integration training in the Baltic Sea on Thursday (13 August 2020). Enroute to a port visit in Riga, Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 vessels HMCS Toronto and NRP Corte Real conducted air defence training with Spanish F-18 and French Mirage 2000-5 fighter jets participating in NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission.…

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