Posts tagged as BALTOPS

NATO kicks off Baltic Sea drills downscaled due to pandemic

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Two Lithuanian vessels have departed for the annual US-led NATO exercise BALTOPS in the Baltic Sea, which has been downscaled due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, the drills will involve fewer troops and will take place exclusively at sea to reduce risks of the pandemic. All participating troops have been tested for Covid-19 and amphibious landings have been cancelled. The exercise, involving 3,000 personnel, 28 ships and various aircraft…

BALTOPS 2020 Press Release

Monday, June 1, 2020

The 49th Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise, the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, takes place in the Baltic Sea from June 7-16. Air and maritime assets from NATO allies and partner nations are involved in the live training events. Training focus areas include air defense, anti-submarine warfare, maritime interdiction, and mine countermeasures operations. The exercise enhances flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations to strengthen combined response capabilities, as…

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…

Around 15 NATO warships arrive in Baltic for NATO exercise

Friday, June 7, 2019

Over a dozen NATO warships have entered the Baltic Sea, ahead of the major international NATO BALTOPS annual exercise. The ships, which number at least 15 and include the USS Fort McHenry, a dock landing ship, entered the Baltic on Thursday via the Storebælt and the Kiel Canal, BNS reports. BALTOPS 2019 runs from June 9-21 and is under the command of the newly reestablished US Navy Second Fleet. The…