BALTIC SEA (NNS) -- Vice. Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO), traveled to Karlskrona Naval Base, Sweden, to meet with Rear Adm. Gens Nykvist, chief of the Swedish Navy. Franchetti also met with Rear Adm. Torben Mikkelsen, chief of the Royal Danish Navy at the Royal Danish Defense Academy.
Mine countermeasure ships and explosive ordinance disposal teams located 13 simulated munitions in the first two days of the tactical training phase: six near Ustka, Poland; four near Klaipeda, Lithuania; and three near Bornholm Island, Denmark.
The Royal Navy Duke-class Type 23 frigate HMS Monmouth (F235) conducted a replenishment at sea with the German Type 702 Berlin-class replenishment ship FGS Frankfurt A.M. (A1412).
The STRIKFORNATO air component staff coordinated eight air defense drills using aircraft from Poland, Germany, France and the United States by engaging 15 ships from nine nations.
The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), an MH-60S Sea Hawk and a German P-3 Orion anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft conducted a combined anti-submarine exercise searching for the Swedish Sdermanland-class submarine HSwMS Sdermanland.
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, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.
A total of 43 maritime units, more than 60 aircraft and a combined amphibious landing force are scheduled to participate in BALTOPS 2018.