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BALTOPS 2019 Focuses on Partnership, Presence, Professionals

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,” Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis, commander, U. S. 2nd Fleet, said. “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.”

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BALTIC SEA (June 19, 2019) The Polish navy guided-missile frigate ORP General K. Pulaski (FrR 272), left, receives fuel from the German navy replenishment ship FGS Bonn (A1413) during Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 47th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations. Gravely is underway on a regularly-scheduled deployment as the flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 to conduct maritime operations and provide a continuous maritime capability for NATO in the northern Atlantic. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Andrew Hays/Released)
BALTIC SEA (June 18, 2019) Sailors assigned to the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) secure Spanish navy combat rubber raiding crafts to the stern gate of Fort McHenry during exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019. BALTOPS is an opportunity to promote peace and security through cooperation, collaboration, interoperability, and an unambiguous display of strength in the Baltic region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Roys/Released)
BALTIC SEA (June 17, 2019) A B-52 Stratofortress drops inert training mines during exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 47th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of NATO by Chief Petty Officer Brian Djurslev/Released)

BALTIC SEA (June 17, 2019) The Royal Danish Navy Flyvefisken-class patrol vessel HDMS Soloven (P563) anchors in the Baltic Sea during underwater detonations conducted by Norwegian, Belgian and U.S. forces during exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 47th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon Renfroe/Released)

PALANGA, Lithuania (June 16, 2019) A Polish Soviet Area Landing Craft delivers Spanish, Romanian, and U.S. Marines to the beach during a distinguished visitor (DV) day amphibious landing exhibition held as part of Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 47th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua M. Tolbert/Released)
BALTIC SEA (June 16, 2019) Standing NATO Maritime Group One flagship USS Gravely (DDG 107) leads eleven naval ships from nine nations in close formation during a Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019 photo exercise. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 47th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations. Gravely is underway on a scheduled deployment as the flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 to conduct maritime operations and provide a continuous maritime capability for NATO in the northern Atlantic. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Andrew Hays/Released)
BALTIC SEA (June 15, 2019) Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Katilyn Harris signals to an MH-60R Sea Hawk, assigned to the “Spartans” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70, during flight operations aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) during exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019 in the Baltic Sea, June 15, 2019. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 47th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partnered nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Krystina Coffey/Released)
BALTIC SEA (June 13, 2019) Spanish marines aboard the Spanish Álvaro de Bazán-class frigate Cristóbal Colón (F 105) conduct a small caliber firing exercise during Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019 exercise. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 47th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations. (Photo courtesy of BLT. Joaquin Garat Loureiro (SP Navy), ESPS Cristobal Colon/Released)
ECKERNFORDE, Germany (June 12, 2019) Members of U. S. Navy Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2 and the British 24 Commando Royal Engineers participate in a simulated diver casualty and extraction during exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 47th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Grant P. Ammon/Released)
KALLASTE, Estonia (June 12, 2019) U.S. Marines assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Romanian Marines with 307 Regiment secure a beach after disembarking from the Lubin-class mine layer/landing ship, ORP Gniezno, during Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019, June 12, 2019. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 47th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Abrey Liggins/Released)
KALLASTE, Estonia (June 12, 2019) A Sailor signals a U.S. Navy landing craft, utility to offload tactical vehicles during Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019 in Kallaste, Estonia, June 12, 2019. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 47th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Abrey Liggins/Released)
BALTIC SEA (June 11, 2019) Cmdr. Michael Fabrizio, executive officer of the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), right, goes over plans with Lt. j.g. Robert Paul as Fort McHenry participates in Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019, June 11, 2019. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability among the 18 participating allied and partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Roys/Released)
BALTIC SEA (June 10, 2019) U.S. Sailors participate in a medical training drill aboard the Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) in the Baltic Sea, June 10, 2019, during exercise BALTOPS 2019. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 47th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partnered nations. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Barnes/Released)
BALTIC SEA (June 10, 2019) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 prepares for take off from the Royal Navy amphibious transport dock ship HMS Albion (L14) in preparation for exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 47th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Royal Navy by LPhot Paul Hall/Released)
BALTIC SEA (June 10, 2019) 1st Lt. Justin Hebert, assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), briefs Marines before an exercise aboard the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) as part of Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic region, marking the 47th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partnered nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Roys/Released)
KIEL, Germany (June 9, 2019) Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) man the rails as the ship gets underway for Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) in Kiel, Germany, June 9, 2019. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 47th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partnered nations. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class J.R. Peregrino/Released)
KIEL, Germany (June 9, 2019 The Spanish Alvaro de Bazan-class frigate Almirante Juan de Borbon (F 102), top, the Norwegian Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate HNoMS Roald Amundsen (F 311), right, and the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) depart Kiel, Germany for Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019, June 9, 2019. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability among the 18 participating allied and partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Roys/Released)
KIEL, Germany (June 9, 2019) Sailors assigned to the Blue Ridge class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) prepare to shift colors as the ship gets underway from Kiel, Germany, June 9, 2019, during exercise BALTOPS. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 47th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partnered nations. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Barnes/Released)

 

KIEL, Germany (June 8, 2019) Spanish marines assigned to 2nd Landing Battalion, Marine Infantry Brigade, embark the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) at Naval Base Kiel-Tirpitzhafen in Kiel, Germany in preparation for Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 47th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jack D. Aistrup/Released)

 

KIEL, Germany (June 9, 2019) The Blue Ridge class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) gets underway from Kiel, Germany, June 9, 2019, during exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS). BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 47th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partnered nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Barnes/Released)

 

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