BALTOPS 17 to set sail in June
The 45th edition of Exercise BALTIC OPERATIONS (BALTOPS) will take
place in the Baltic Sea from 1 to 16 June. Air, maritime, and ground assets
from several NATO Allies and Partner Nations will be involved in the live
training event that sets sail from Szczecin, Poland and finishes in Kiel,
BALTOPS is an annual recurring multinational,
maritime-focused exercise designed to provide high end training for the
participants. This year 14 countries (Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France,
Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the United
Kingdom, the United States and NATO's Enhanced Opportunities Partners: Finland
and Sweden) will participate.
The exercise, which will involve 4,000
shipboard personnel, 50 ships and submarines and more than 50 aircraft, is
designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, to strengthen combined
response capabilities, as well as demonstrate resolve among Allied and Partner Nations'
forces to ensure stability in, and if necessary defend, the Baltic Sea region.
BALTOPS, which began in 1972, continues to be an
excellent opportunity for NATO and regional partners to strengthen
interoperability through a series of combined tactical manoeuvres and