BALTOPS 2015 Ships Sail from Gdynia for Training Story Number
BALTOPS 2015 Ships Sail from Gdynia for
By Lt. Adam Cole, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces
Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs.
Baltic Sea – (NNS)
June 9, 2015
– Ships from 17 NATO and partner countries, comprising the BALTOPS 2015 force,
sailed from Gdynia, Poland, to start training in a number of warfare areas, June
BALTOPS is an annual multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and
interoperability in order to strengthen combined response capabilities necessary
to ensure regional stability.
HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337) transits past the
guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109)
BALTOPS exercises will test the maritime defense capabilities of NATO and
partner countries participating in the operation and will include a landing
force event composed of 700 Swedish, Finnish and U.S. troops.
"The conditions were perfect and afforded us the opportunity to demonstrate
solidarity and professionalism as we move into the southern Baltic ready for the
challenges of the training exercise that lay ahead,"
- Rear Adm. Timothy Lowe, deputy commander, BALTOPS
"Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) personnel took full advantage of the
meetings in port, not only to ensure we were prepared for BALTOPs, but also to
get to know our Allied counterparts on a more personal level before operating
together at sea. This exercise will provide another great training opportunity
for our ships, and will give alliance and partner nations the chance to operate
at sea as part of a large multinational force. The ability of maritime forces to
quickly integrate is the cornerstone of the Alliance's capability."
- Rear Admiral Brad Williamson, commander, SNMG 2
* Approximately 5,600 air, ground and maritime forces from participating nations
will conduct air defense, maritime interdiction, anti-subsurface warfare, and
amphibious operations in a joint environment.
* While BALTOPS remains a U.S.-led exercise, Commander, Naval Striking and
Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) is responsible for executing this year's
* BALTOPS is an exercise that brings together both NATO and non-NATO countries
to increase interoperability in the spirit of the Partnership for Peace program.
* A total of 49 ships, 61 aircraft, one submarine, and a combined landing force
of 700 Swedish, Finnish, and U.S. troops are scheduled to participate.
* Fourteen NATO and three partner nations are participating in the 43rd
iteration of the multinational maritime exercise BALTOPS 2015.
* Participants in #BALTOPS2015 include Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia,
Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway,
Poland, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
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