Sixth Fleet Announces Sea Breeze 2019 Participation

July 25, 2019 – U.S. 6th Fleet is going to participate in the upcoming Sea Breeze 2019 (SB19), an exercise which brings together 19 nations, 32 ships, 24 aircraft and more than 3,000 troops. The 19th iteration of Sea Breeze, an annual, multinational maritime exercise with land, air, and sea components, is scheduled to be July 1-12. The exercise seeks to build combined capability and capacity to ensure maritime regional security and foster stronger friendships among partnering nations. SB19 will be co-hosted by the United States and Ukraine to enhance…

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NATO Navies Test Readiness in Baltic Sea

June 8, 2019 – Around 8,600 U.S. and European troops from 18 nations are taking part in the annual BALTOPS naval exercise that starts on Sunday (9 June) in Germany’s Baltic Sea port of Kiel. The 47th BALTOPS exercise involves maritime, air and ground forces with about 50 ships and submarines and 40 aircraft and will run through 21 June. The training includes finding and destroying sea mines and submarines, the use of air defence and landing troops onshore as well as defence against attack from enemy navy vessels. “The…

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BALTOPS 2019 Planning Conference Commences in Poland

December 8, 2018 – Rear Adm. John B. Mustin, deputy commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet, addressed maritime planners from partner navies at the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019 Initial Planning Conference (IPC) conducted at the Polish Naval Academy Library Building, Dec. 4-6. The three-day information exchange was attended by 14 participating nations and focused on determining structure and scenario outlines for the upcoming BALTOPS exercise, which is scheduled to be conducted in the Baltic Sea region in mid-2019. “We owe it to our partnership, and to the world, to make a statement,”…

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Thirteen Allies to cooperate on the introduction of Maritime Unmanned Systems

October 3, 2018 – At our Summit in Brussels in July, NATO leaders endorsed the implementation of NATO’s reinforced maritime posture. In support of this, on Wednesday (3 October 2018), Defence Ministers from thirteen NATO Allies signed a declaration of intent to cooperate on the introduction of Maritime Unmanned Systems. This initiative will enable Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States to pool their resources, their talent and ingenuity to create better, more flexible and more interoperable unmanned, maritime…

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Seven NATO Allies plan to acquire maritime munitions together

Seven NATO Allies are signing a Letter of Intent on Multinational Cooperation for the Provision of Maritime Battle Decisive Munitions (MBDM) in Brussels during the NATO Summit (11 and 12 July 2018). Under this agreement, Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and Spain plan to combine munitions purchases in order to achieve economies of scale – and thus lower prices. The potential establishment of common warehousing solutions could lower costs even further. The plan covers a broad range of munition types, including surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes, and gun shells.…

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Naval Oceanography Teams Up with Poland, Norway during BALTOPS 2018

Naval Oceanography’s Fleet Survey Team (FST) and Naval Oceanography Mine Warfare Center (NOMWC) recently returned from Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS), where they executed safety of navigation and mine countermeasure operations in an effort to enhance interoperability with European allies. FST and the Hydrographic Support Squadron of the Polish navy (HSSPN) conducted the two navies’ first cooperative hydrographic survey of the amphibious landing zone of Poland’s Ustka range in support of Exercise BALTOPS, May 15-26. “This hydrographic technical exchange and validation of data collection and processing builds trust and cooperation between…

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Keel-laying ceremony for Swedish SIGINT ship built at Polish Naval Shipyard

The keel-laying ceremony for the new Swedish signals intelligence ship took place June 15th at the Naval Shipyard, located in Gdynia, Poland. The event was attended by representatives from Saab, the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) and invited guests. Saab was awarded the contract to design and build the ship, which will replace the Swedish Navy’s existing H(SW)MS Orion, by the Swedish Material Defence Administration FMV in 2017. Subsequently it selected Nauta Shiprepair Yard, belonging to PGZ Group, to perform the construction, launch and early sea trials of the vessel. Cooperation…

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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update: June 2

Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018 kicked off with participating nations attending a pre-sail conference at Hotel Amberton Klaipeda on June 1. BALTOPS is an annual joint, multinational maritime-focused exercise scheduled for June 1-15, 2018. It is designed to improve training value for participants enhance flexibility and interoperability, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Baltic Sea region. The exercise will involve maritime, ground, and air forces so as to strengthen combined response capabilities necessary to ensure regional stability. Participating nations in BALTOPS include Belgium, Denmark, Finland,…

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USS Farragut Arrives in Gydnia

USS Farragut (DDG 99) arrived in Gydnia, Poland, April 27, for a scheduled port visit to enhance U.S. and Poland relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous Europe. Gydnia is Farragut’s second port visit since departing on a scheduled deployment from Naval Station Mayport, April 11. Farragut’s presence in the Baltic Sea is a demonstration of the United States’ continued commitment to regional security. “We are not only privileged to be in Poland, but also grateful for the time we will spend alongside the…

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Latest EU Attempt to Duplicate NATO

On 11 December 2017, the Council adopted a decision establishing Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), less than a month after receiving a joint notification by member states of their intention to participate. The 25 member states participating in PESCO are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden. On 13 November 2017, ministers from 23 member states signed a joint notification on the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and handed it over…

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