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Flotilla of Forces in Nordic-Baltic


The annual maritime excercie BALTOPS (Baltic Operations) is in its 43 iteration and bigger than ever. With 49 ships, 69 aircraft, and a submarine involved, naval and amphibious warfighting is back as a centerpiece of the exercise.

"BALTOPS is all about alliance unity, alliance solidarity, alliance security, and security of the Baltic region," said Vice Adm. James Foggo, Commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO.

Sailors are working hand in hand with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and its partner nations through this multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability in order to strengthen combined response capabilities necessary to ensure regional stability.

As part of BALTOPS, 17 NATO and partner nations are participating in the maritime exercise that will come to an end June 20th.

Exercises such as BALTOPs are becoming more important in order to signal U.S. and NATO resolve in a Nordic-Baltic region.
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    Ships from various nations in the Baltic Region and the U.S. 6th Fleet command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) begin the underway phase of the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS).

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    Soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Division, Royal Marines, and Marines from Finland gather at an assembly area to embark on HMS Ocean (L 12). BALTOPS is an annual multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, as well as demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region.

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    An SH-60 helicopter takes off from the flight deck of the Landing Transport Dock USS San Antonio(June 13, 2015. San Antonio, home ported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting Baltic Operations, (BALTOPS) in the 6th Fleet area of operations.

Foggo categorized the exercise as a "huge flotilla of forces at sea" which will provide a training opportunity and will give alliance and partner nations the chance to operate at sea as part of a large multinational force.

Approximately 5,600 ground, maritime and air forces from participating nations will conduct air defense, maritime interdiction, anti-subsurface warfare, and amphibious operations in a joint environment.

Foggo concluded, "I think it shows a very strong message of resolve."

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