Truman Strike Group, Carrier Air Wing One Support BALTOPS 2018

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From Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

ADRIATIC SEA (NNS) -- Carrier Air Wing One (CVW) 1, embarked aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), completed its participation in the annual multinational exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018, June 6.

CVW-1 operations over the Baltic involved overflight of Europe from the Adriatic Sea, and represented the first instance that U.S. carrier aircraft have participated in the exercise, which began in 1972 and is now in its 46th year. F/A-18 Super Hornet strike fighter aircraft and E/A-18 Growler electronic attack aircraft joined aircraft from Poland, Spain and U.S. Air Forces Europe to demonstrate the ability to perform combined air operations while communicating and coordinating effectively.

"The ability to operate in the Adriatic and support allies in the Baltic region demonstrates that we have the capabilities to match our resolve," said Rear Adm. Gene Black, commander of Carrier Strike Group 8. "It is further proof of the flexibility and agility we bring to the fight, and reaffirms our commitment to regional security and cooperation to our partners and allies."

BALTOPS enhances flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations to strengthen combined response capabilities, as well as demonstrate international resolve to ensure stability in, and if necessary defend, the Baltic Sea region.

This year's exercise involves 43 maritime units, more than 60 aircraft, and approximately 5,000 military personnel, which includes a combined amphibious landing force.

The 16 nations contributing forces are Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The six nations contributing staff members are Canada, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Slovakia.

Truman is deployed in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, supporting maritime security operations in support of U.S. national security interests.

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180605-N-ZH683-0032 ADRIATIC SEA (Jun 5, 2018) An EA-18G Growler assigned to the "Rooks" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137 launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region and one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe that is designed to enhance the flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Juan Sotolongo)
June 7, 2018
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