Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS), the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, takes place in the Baltic Sea June 9-21. Ground, maritime, and air forces from participating nations will work together to exercise air defense, maritime interdiction, anti-subsurface warfare, mine countermeasures, and amphibious operations in order to strengthen the development of our joint leaders and teams across all layers of the battlespace.
BALTOPS 2019, scheduled to include air, maritime, and ground assets from 18 nations, is an annual exercise. It provides a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s interconnected oceans. Designed to improve training value for participants to enhance flexibility and interoperability, BALTOPS gives allied and partner forces a chance to demonstrate resolve in defending the Baltic Sea region.
“U.S. 2nd Fleet will be leading the exercise, but make no mistake, it will be founded on NATO and partner principles,” said Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis, commander, U. S. 2nd Fleet. “Through BALTOPS 2019 and exercises like it, we strengthen our relationships and improve overall coordination and interoperability between allies and partners during both peace and times of conflict.”
BALTOPS 2019 will start June 9 with ship tours and an opening media event in Klaipeda, Lithuania.
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U.S. 2nd Fleet Declares Initial Operational Capability (29 May 2019)
U.S. 2nd Fleet to Lead BALTOPS 2019 (2 April 2019)
BALTOPS 2019 Planning Conference Commences in Poland (8 Dec. 2019)