Defense Ministers of Denmark, Norway & Sweden Issue Trilateral Statement

Joint statement on the Statement of Intent on Enhanced Operational Cooperation: A serious security crisis in the Nordic region would affect us all, and we need to be prepared and equipped to act together in peace, crisis and conflict. Coordination of national operational planning will improve our ability to act together if so decided. All Nordic countries and surrounding areas…

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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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Saab Delivers Modernized Gotland-class Submarine

December 16, 2020 – Saab has today, on Wednesday 16th of December, delivered the second submarine of Gotland-class to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) after a Mid-life upgrade. Saab has conducted a Mid-life upgrade of HMS Uppland. Taking all necessary measures to ensure the submarine’s operational availability, the upgrade includes new sensors and navigation systems, giving the vessel enhanced…

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International Cooperative Engagement Program for Polar Research Begins

December 8, 2020 – The International Cooperative Engagement Program for Polar Research Memorandum of Understanding (ICE-PPR MOU) entered into effect on November 27, 2020. The MOU establishes general provisions that apply across basic research to development, testing and evaluation to improve partners’ capabilities for successful and safe operations in Polar areas. Participating nations include the Department of National Defence of…

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SNMCMG1 Visits Stockholm

October 29, 2020 – Ships of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) ware visiting Stockholm, Sweden on 30 October as part of its routine deployment in the Baltic Sea region. The port visit in Stockholm takes place on completion of two weeks of historical ordnance disposal operations (HODOPS) in Estonian waters. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the port visit program…

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BAE Systems awarded naval guns contract for U.K.’s Type 31 frigate program

October 1, 2020 – BAE Systems will produce and deliver Bofors 40 Mk4 and Bofors 57 Mk3 naval guns for the U.K. Ministry of Defence’s Type 31 general purpose frigate program. The agreement, through a contract with Babcock International, will supply the Royal Navy with a set of advanced, multi-purpose gun systems for its fleet of five ships, with the…

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BALTOPS 20 Concludes

June 16, 2020 – Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) concludes Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 20, the premiere annual maritime-focused U.S. European Command exercise in the Baltic region, June 16. BALTOPS is an annual maritime exercise, designed to enhance interoperability, flexibility, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Baltic region. Twenty-eight air and 28 maritime…

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