Posts tagged as Baltic Sea

Increased activity of the Russian Air Force over the Baltic Sea

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

It has now become something of a tradition that August and September are a time of increased activity of the Russian Air Force over the Baltic Sea. This is mainly the result of intense military exercises conducted by the Russian army at this period of the year. An interception of a group of Russian aircraft performed by Belgian fighter jets, which took off from Lithuania, on September 17 confirms that…

Regions as the engine for thriving cooperation around the Baltic Sea

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Annual conference of Baltic Sea States sub-regional co-operation (BSSSC, 18-20 September in Klaipeda) is devoted to sustainable maritime economy. Representatives of all Baltic States will exchange knowledge and develop joint trans-regional initiatives in order to contribute to the goals of EU Strategy for Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). The 27th BSSSC Annual Conference in Klaipeda will tackle several important issues underlined by the EUSBSR. It’s going to be a vital meeting of…

Importance of Baltic navies ensuring Baltic Sea security

By James Foggo on Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Throughout history, the Baltic Sea has been home to great naval fleets. Naval strength is vital to achieving maritime security, which is an essential component for stability in a region and a thriving economy. Indeed, the Baltic Sea remains a critical artery of commerce, with up to 15 percent of the world’s cargo traffic transiting the region. Throughout history, the Baltic Sea has been home to great naval fleets. Naval…

Can Denmark sink Nord Stream 2 traversing the Baltic Sea?

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

After navigating most of the Baltic Sea, Nord Stream 2 hit an obstacle in Denmark. NS2 received permits from four out of five partner nations whose territorial waters it has to cross, but Denmark, which will host up to 175 kilometers of the pipeline, is asking for an additional environmental impact assessment that could delay NS2 construction by months. The delay can also affect Russia’s negotiations with Ukraine on a…

Oil stain spotted in Lithuania’s and Latvia’s waters in Baltic Sea

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

A large oil stain was on Sunday spotted in Lithuania’s exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea near the Latvian border. According to Lithuania’s Environmental Protection Department, the stain was recorded by a satellite of the European Maritime Safety Agency. The report was confirmed by the Lithuanian Navy whose helicopter evaluated the situation. It was determined that the larger part of the stain was in the Latvian territory, with around…

Russia holds major military drill in Baltic Sea

Friday, August 2, 2019

Russia started a major military exercise in the Baltic Sea on Thursday, according to the country’s Defense Ministry. A total of 49 warships, 20 fast attack crafts and service boats, and 58 aircraft, as well as almost 11,000 soldiers and sailors, are taking part in the Ocean Shield-2019 drill, the ministry said in a statement. The exercises are scheduled to last through Aug. 9 under the command of Russian Navy…

Mysterious 500-Year-Old Shipwreck Found Intact on Bottom of Baltic Sea

Friday, July 26, 2019

The 1500s are considered to be the first Golden Age of ocean travel as ships were beginning to beginning to be built to withstand and survive both out-and-back crossings and round-the-world trips. Virtually none of those ships survived intact – at least above ground. The few that were preserved managed to do so by being shipwrecked in a way that they remained whole and on the sea floor of a…

Estonian MP: Condition of Baltic Sea needs improvement

Friday, July 19, 2019

Estonian MP Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, who participated in a Baltic Sea related debate held at the Finnish opinion festival SuomiAreena, emphasized the need for cooperation and a change in human behavior in order to improve the condition of the Baltic Sea. Pentus-Rosimannus, former minister of the environment and foreign affairs, said that acquiescence to climate change would accelerate the Baltic Sea’s eutrophication even further. “If we care about the health of the…

Two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers carry out patrolling mission over Baltic Sea

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers have carried out a planned patrolling mission over neutral waters of the Baltic Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday. “The flight lasted for more than seven hours,” it said. At certain stages of the flight, Danish, Finnish and Swedish fighter aircraft were scrambled to intercept the Russian bombers, it said. “All flights by Russian Aerospace Forces are carried out in strict accordance…

Maritime-focused exercise BALTOPS 2019 begins in the Baltic Sea

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

On 14-16 June two largest NATO ship formation groups – Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMGMG1) will participate in one of the largest annual naval exercise BALTOPS 2019 in the Lithuanian territorial waters of the Baltic Sea. Maritime, air and land force elements will train in the exercise BALTOPS 2019. Military ships maneuvering in formations, ships convoying, artillery shooting, anti-aircraft and anti-terrorist…