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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Sweden Orders Four Navy Tugs from Damen Shipyard Hardinxveld

FMV signed a contract with the supplier Damen Shipyard Hardinxveld for the delivery of four new port tugs. The new vessels will reach the Swedish Armed Forces in 2023 and 2024. The acquisition of port tugs is part of a larger effort to develop and procure equipment that will strengthen the Armed Forces’ marine logistics function. FMV will also procure…

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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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Several Ships From the French Navy Visiting Sweden

At the beginning of May, the French navy’s schooner Belle Poule was on a port visit in Malmö. In the coming weeks, several other French vessels will dock in Sweden. These ships have recently participated in various planned NATO exercises in the Baltic Sea. In connection with the Swedish Navy’s 500th anniversary, which will take place in early June, several of these…

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NATO Secretary General with Sweden & Finland

(As delivered) Ambassadors, dear Klaus, dear Axel, dear friends, good morning! This is a good day, at a critical moment for our security. Thank you so much for handing over the applications for Finland’s and Sweden’s membership in NATO. Every nation has the right to choose its own path. You have both made your choice, after thorough democratic processes. And…

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Nordic Support for Finland and Sweden

‘Finland’s and Sweden’s security is important to our security. Together with Denmark and Iceland, Norway stands ready to assist its Nordic neighbors by all means necessary should they be the victim of aggression on their territory before obtaining NATO membership,’ said Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. The prime ministers of Denmark, Iceland and Norway issued a joint statement welcoming the…

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Nordic Defence Ministers Joint Cooperation Statement

The war in Ukraine has fundamentally changed European defense and security policy. In light of the ongoing crisis, Nordic solidarity and defense cooperation is more important than ever. The Nordic countries share fundamental values and security interests. We share a strategically important location. Closer defense cooperation between the Nordic countries strengthens our military capabilities and promotes regional security and stability.…

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China Against NATO Expansion to Finland & Sweden

The president and prime minister of Finland announced on Thursday that Finland, a long-time neutral country even throughout the Cold War, must apply to join the NATO “without delay,” and its neighbor Sweden, known for over two centuries of military neutrality when Europe faced turbulence, is expected to decide soon on whether to submit an application to join the alliance.…

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