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    BALTOPS 2019 Kicks Off In Germany

    BALTOPS 19 - USS MOUNT WHITNEY

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    KIEL, SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN, GERMANY

    06.08.2019

    Courtesy Story

    Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet   

    KIEL, Germany – Maritime forces from 18 nations commenced the in-port operations for the
    47th annual multinational exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) in the Baltic Sea, June 9-21.

    BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic region and one of the largest exercises in northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations.

    Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet, Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, will lead the exercise on
    behalf of Naval Forces Europe.

    “No one nation can face today's challenges alone, we are much stronger together,” Lewis said.

    “Our partner and NATO alliances must continue to strengthen our deterrence and defense efforts and adapt through improving readiness and responsiveness.”

    The focus of the exercise is for ground, maritime, and air forces to work together in exercising air defense, maritime interdiction, anti-subsurface warfare, mine countermeasures, and amphibious operations, in order to strengthen the development of our joint teams across all layers of the battlespace.

    The exercise will include the participation of 50 surface ships, 36 aircraft, two submarines, and 8,600 personnel in a joint operational environment.

    “I think BALTOPS represents the habit we have made in operating in a coalition environment and in a multinational environment,” said U.K. Royal Navy Rear Adm. Burns OBE. “One of the advantages, particularly in the NATO framework, as we operate together more and more we standardize our procedures so we now have a generation of military folk who are used to operating together with standard procedures.”

    Nations participating in BALTOPS 2019 include Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
    BALTOPS is an opportunity to promote partnerships, presence, and professionalism through an unambiguous display of strength in the Baltic region.

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    Date Taken: 06.08.2019
    Date Posted: 06.08.2019 09:26
    Story ID: 326160
    Location: KIEL, SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN, DE

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