HMS Defender. a Type 45 Destroyer, is leading the Joint Expeditionary Force task group in the Baltic.

The task force includes vessels from Norway, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Major General Jim Morris DSO, the Commander of the UK Standing Joint Force HQ (SJFHQ) which leads the JEF, said:

“Activities such as these in the Baltic Sea are routine business for us and our JEF partners, in one of our principal areas of geographical interest. Given the current level of aggression being displayed by Russia, there has never been a more important time to ensure that freedom of navigation is maintained in the Baltic Sea.”

The UK Government say that the region is of vital strategic importance “as we seek to ensure stability and freedom of navigation in the Baltic Sea”.

According to the Ministry of Defence:

“The JEF is a UK-led force, comprising 10 nations working together to deliver forces at high readiness, across a range of roles, complementing NATO and European security. The coalition focuses on security in the Baltic Sea region, the High North and the North Atlantic, where its members are located.

In March, the Prime Minister hosted JEF leaders in London for the first ever leader-level summit. At the leaders’ summit, JEF members committed to supporting Ukraine with defensive military aid and ensuring that JEF continued to play a credible role in contributing to defence and deterrence in the region. The meeting followed meetings of Defence Ministers and Chiefs of Defence in February.

The coalition is complementary to NATO’s wider strategic posture which originated from the 2014 NATO summit in Wales. Led by the UK as framework nation, it is agile and responsive, acting flexibly either in smaller groupings or as ten nations communicating with one voice.”

George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. He also works for the NHS. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
5 days ago

God save The Queen.

The Artist Formerly Known As Los Pollos Chicken
The Artist Formerly Known As Los Pollos Chicken
5 days ago

Aye spot on a flawless and impeccable display of public service

G.O.A.T

🇬🇧🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Robert Blay.
Robert Blay.
5 days ago

👍🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 London looks fantastic on the telly. Queens looking well too.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
5 days ago
Reply to  Robert Blay.

Just drove into my street from work in time to see the Merlins, Chinooks and Wildcat going over. I know the fixed wing and fast air disperse further north from here. ❤

Robert Blay
Robert Blay
5 days ago

Happy day’s mate, glad you got to see some of it. We got two Spitfires do three flypasts over the Humber bridge tonight near me. Always a lovely sight and sound. The 70 formation of Typhoons looked really great 🇬🇧

Lusty
Lusty
5 days ago

You could say the Merlins were fairly magical.

David Barry
David Barry
5 days ago

Hope the crew get a run ashore in Rīga.

Phil
Phil
5 days ago

I am sorry this is off topic, but is NATO undermined by some of its members? With Turkey and Hungary doing a good job of quietly siding with Russia (or at least sitting firmly on the fence) what would happen if NATO did have to act? Would those two actually join in? Could NATO kick them both out? With Turkey, is it better to keep your enemies closer? It’s mad that Turkey is keeping the Finns and Swedes out, and Hungary opposes sanctions, today blocking EU sanctions on Patriarch Kirill after already compromising the oil sanctions. NATO like the EU… Read more »

DanielMorgan
DanielMorgan
5 days ago
Reply to  Phil

Turkey is posturing. It’s classic Erdogan. In the end, he will be given some meaningless face-saving statements, declare victory, and reluctantly accede to the admission of Finland and Sweden. The US has too much leverage over him. Turkey’s economy is in deep trouble. The 7% in GDP growth in the first quarter is due mainly to interest rate cuts that are unsustainable. The trade deficit and inflation are skyrocketing and the lira will crash again. Erdogan’s personal popularity is down to 33% and he faces elections next year. He fears additional US sanctions and desperately wants the F-16s he has… Read more »

James
James
5 days ago
Reply to  DanielMorgan

Last time I remember he was sending aid to the UK when the NHS collapsed and the Royal Air Force thanked him and the NHS as the UK government could not deliver basic services. I recall how Israel and Nordic countries refused to share any medical supplies while Erdogan gave aid plus also sold supplies to the UK . It’s best to remember good things! Erdogan gets what he wants and soon is starting an operation in Syria to root out PKK terrorist that for decades killed an important ally citizens . The PKK is backed by Sweden and Finland… Read more »

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Ron
Ron
5 days ago
Reply to  James

James, not sure on your comments about Sweden backing the PKK. In the 1980s the Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme declared the PKK a terrorist group, the EU of which Sweden and Finland are members have declared the PKK a terrorist group, that aside I do have a question who came first the Kurd or the Turk? As far as I understand the Kurds have been around for 2000 years plus, the most famous Kurd is Saladin of Crusader fame. Historicaly the Kurdish lands was the eastern half on the line of Urfa-Erzurum-Yerevan of Turkey, also in the center around… Read more »

Airborne
Airborne
5 days ago
Reply to  Ron

Boom, Ron fires and James is down, we have a clown down, clown down 👍

David Barry
David Barry
5 days ago
Reply to  Airborne

You too funny.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
5 days ago
Reply to  Ron

Great post and knowledge. Thanks.

Airborne
Airborne
5 days ago
Reply to  James

Last I remember Erdogan was busy incarcerating thousands of soldiers, airmen, teachers, judges and the like as an excuse to retain ultimate power, in similar ways both Stalin and Hitler did! If Turkey wants to leave NATO, moralistically they should, strategically they are to be tolerated due to their position! However their treatment of the Kurds and other ethnic groups is a disgrace.

Airborne
Airborne
5 days ago
Reply to  James

I’m also still intrigued that when you changed your avatar from Alex, to James, you then posted a comment supporting “Alex’s” opinion, as James! So, why do that? Come on son, have some balls about you and answer a direct question with a direct answer! And out of interest, what nationality are you as you are NOT British, no matter what chuff you claim.

Sean
Sean
5 days ago
Reply to  Phil

Turkey isn’t keeping Finland and Sweden out. The process takes time as each member nation has to approve them joining. Turkey hasn’t given its official response yet. There is also no mechanism in the NATO charter to boot out a member, otherwise the danger is that it a country that was about to invoke Article 5 could be booted out to by the other members do that they wouldn’t have to honour them treaty.

Certainly Serbia should kiss goodbye to further progress on EU membership with the new gas deal it signed this week with Russia.

Paul.P
Paul.P
2 days ago
Reply to  Sean

Aye, as my grandmother used to say, blood is thicker than water.

James
James
5 days ago
Reply to  Phil

Turkey delivered the most lethal weapon Ukraine has the TB2 drones . Besides this Turkey has a more close relationship with ukraine than the UK and host peace talks and is producing 4 Corvettes for Ukraine and drones . What have Finland and Sweden done for Ukraine other bark from the sidelines? I rather have Ukraine as NATO member which Turkey backs it’s membership and not PKK terror supporters of Finland and Sweden ! Those countries will add no value. Some in the UK have Nordic fetish I’m aware of that, but it’s ok 😃

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Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
5 days ago
Reply to  James

Did the previous post not just explain how Sweden and Finland don’t support the PKK? I’m also of the opinion the kurds(not the pkk) have had bad treatment over the years. How it could be resolved I’m not going to speculate. Just now they should be left to get on with turning northern Iraq and northern Syria into some where safe. Turkey always seems to have an issue with what is a substantial amount of its population.
Enough violence on both sides they need to talk the situation out to be benefit of both parties.

Ron
Ron
5 days ago
Reply to  James

James, possibly the UK has a “fetish” with the Nordic States due to our history, the first king of the three kingdoms which was England, Norway and Denmark with some parts of Southern Sweden I think it was Geatland was King Cnut. Yeep that one that tried to stop the sea. This goes back to Viking times of Beowulf written over 1000 years ago, I think it one of the first written manuscripts in the UK. Some even say that the three crowns of the Royal Danish flag stem from this period. Even the most famous date in British history… Read more »

Airborne
Airborne
5 days ago
Reply to  James

You need to get a grip of reality and leave your echo chamber!

eclipse
eclipse
5 days ago
Reply to  James

“Turkey delivered the most lethal weapon Ukraine has the TB2 drones .” I want to dispute this claim; while the TB2 has been tremendously important it is equally necessary to highlight that it was sold and not given for free, unlike western aid. Secondly, the U.K. and US have both provided NLAWs and Javelins, air defences and heavy artillery, due to send rocket artillery in the coming weeks. It is unfair to say that Turkeys contribution is more crucial or in fact more lethal just because it is the only one that has so far sold drones. Measuring lethality by… Read more »

David Steeper
David Steeper
4 days ago
Reply to  eclipse

Spot on.

Sean
Sean
1 day ago
Reply to  James

Yes Turkey SOLD TB2 drones to Ukraine, that was simply business. How many has it donated? Just 1 so that the money raised by Lithuanian crowdfunding to buy one could go to humanitarian funds instead. The British Army have been training the Ukrainians in country since 2014, not the Turks. Turkey buys agricultural produce from both Ukraine and Russia, that is why Erdogan is trying to broker peace talks. But anything other than a complete removal of Russian invasion forces is rewarding aggression, and we saw in the 30’s what’s happens when you do that. I’d rather have Ukraine, Finland… Read more »

Marty
Marty
5 days ago
Reply to  Phil

Hi Phil I think you are spot on.. its a difficult time to get everyone ” singing” from the same song sheet.. Thanks for the comment. My relations were treated terribly by the Russian army in 1945 so nothing seems to have changed.

Steve
Steve
5 days ago
Reply to  Phil

Turkey is an odd one, on one side they seem fairly pro Russia on the other they have closed off the bosphorus to Russia warships, resulting in them not being able to replace their sunken crusier.

James
James
4 days ago
Reply to  Steve

Jack of all trades……….

Mark
Mark
4 days ago
Reply to  Phil

Well said

Tommo
Tommo
5 days ago

Shame no spithead Fleet review it wouldn’t of taken long with what we have now (slighty sarcastic ) Did the Silver jubilee 77 a long day but something to remember.

David Steeper
David Steeper
5 days ago
Reply to  Tommo

Remember 77 very well. At least the street party with jelly and ice cream. I’ve watched the Silver Jubilee and Coronation reviews on Youtube. It’s such a shame that every one seems to be smaller than the last until now when we haven’t enough ships to make it worth bothering. The thing i’ve found that amazed me the most was the 1935 review. At that time we were spending 2% of GDP on Defence just like now but we had an RN of 120.000 regulars and 80.000 reserves. Lots of reasons but the number one is the cost of the… Read more »

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Tommo
Tommo
5 days ago
Reply to  David Steeper

Know what you mean Dave at the time of the 77 Spithead Review manpower was around 100,000 most of the equipment was manually operated, And we still felt we were under manned , the HMAS Melbourne was even there too make up the number of Flat tops we had old salts saying that the review was smaller than the last one it seems the more technical the Navy gets the smaller it becomes

PeterS
PeterS
5 days ago
Reply to  Tommo

In 1977, we actually spent over 5.5% of gdp on defence (with nuclear deterrent funded separately in addition). David is right to point out the massive rise in costs of defence equipment but it isn’t the only factor. The growth of outsourcing functions that used to be carried out by service personnel makes the apparent fall in headcount look worse than it is ( it’s bad enough). The progressive replacement of dumb munitions by guided systems means that more can be done with less. So both platforms and munitions become more complex and expensive but far fewer are needed, and… Read more »

Tommo
Tommo
5 days ago
Reply to  PeterS

Thanks Peter, I Realise it’s now all checks and balances and we do seem able too waste vast sums of taxpayers money it never seems too be that’s what we want and need and that’s thecprice we are going to pay not a penny less not a penny more it just seems a gravy train for making huge profits but fail to deliver on time and on budget companies and industries should be held too account rather than being awarded honours

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
5 days ago
Reply to  PeterS

Agreed. I’ve called for a better balance between quality and quantity for some time.

Ron
Ron
5 days ago

Hi DM, here’s a question does anyone ask the RN and I don’t mean the upper brass what they need or want for a fighting fleet. It’s simple really men in suits have lots of theory, men with brass hat have to much to loose, men on the ground doing the job know from experiance what is needed. Sometimes quantity is a quality all on its own.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
5 days ago
Reply to  Ron

We know that answer! I agree.

Graham Moore
Graham Moore
5 days ago
Reply to  Tommo

I recall the 1977 Spithead Review was very impressive with only some augmentation of the RN with Commonwealth vessels – but when it was mooted that there be a Review for the Golden Jubilee it was not taken up as RN was too small and massive augmentation would be required from the Commonwealth, which would have been embarrassing.

Tommo
Tommo
5 days ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

Yep your right there Graham plus the fact good old Mr Blair had consigned the Royal yacht to Scotland when Labour was in power , even celebrating the 200th anniversary of trafalgar was a damp squib, and no more Royal tournament, show casing to the public what the Armed forces does might as well go virtual if you want a review I’m sure Google could help

Lusty
Lusty
5 days ago
Reply to  Tommo

List of RN and RFA ships present at the review in 1977 (as documented on the official programme): Royal Yacht (1) HMY Britannia Amphibious/Carriers (1 + 2) HMS Ark Royal HMS Fearless HMS Hermes Cruisers (2) HMS Blake HMS Tiger Destroyers (7) [5 County, 2 Type 42] HMS Antrim HMS Birmingham HMS Devonshire HMS Fife HMS Kent HMS London HMS Sheffield Frigates (31) [15 Leander, 4 Amazon, 4 Rothesay, 4 Tribal, 2 Blackwood, 1 Salisbury, 1 Whitby] HMS Alacrity HMS Amazon HMS Andromeda HMS Antelope HMS Apollo HMS Arethusa HMS Ariadne HMS Arrow HMS Berwick HMS Brighton HMS Charybdis HMS… Read more »

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Lusty
Lusty
5 days ago
Reply to  Lusty

HMS Gurkha* can’t edit it now. 🙁

Tommo
Tommo
5 days ago
Reply to  Lusty

Cheers Lusty, it was murder trying too get a Pint in Pompey that week the PAS boats did a non stop shuttle service out to the Ships one good thing didn’t see any fights just lots of renditions of either Rule Britiania or ,we are Sailing have never seen Spithead so illuminated with all the ships lights on the PAS boat crews did a Stirling job getting us all back

Lusty
Lusty
4 days ago
Reply to  Tommo

Would love to know how many pints were sold!

Must have been a fantastic sight.

Tommo
Tommo
4 days ago
Reply to  Lusty

Lusty, it was a great time although there was one incident , in the Guildhall Square for entertainment, an escapoligist was suspended upside down from a rope attached to a crane the rope was set a light and he was hoisted ,up 40ft before he was able too escape the rope burnt through and snapped o dear didn’t survive the fall Jack being Jack Shouted ” Do it again “

Lusty
Lusty
11 hours ago
Reply to  Tommo

Hah! I can imagine that!

Ron
Ron
5 days ago
Reply to  Tommo

Remember watching the review, now thinking back god did we have a fleet then.

Jacko
Jacko
5 days ago
Reply to  Tommo
Tommo
Tommo
5 days ago
Reply to  Jacko

Cheers Jacko, bit of a downer reading that , but does have a few points that seem too be that of an Ebenezer scourge bah humbug too the Fleet and would the public really complai n about sering the fleet and having a day out seeing where their Taxes go ?

Lusty
Lusty
5 days ago

She’s looking particularly agile and lethal there.

Steve M
Steve M
5 days ago
Reply to  Lusty

slightly of this topic but do we have new super frigate class? Navy warship and helicopter wow crowds off Devon coast https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/royal-navy-warship-helicopter-wow-7160239

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
5 days ago
Reply to  Steve M

Golly a frigate bigger than an Albion.

Must be a long list of FFBNW on a platform that large.

Nearly as big as CdG. Impressive.

Where have we been hiding this amazing national asset…….

/joke

ianbuk
ianbuk
5 days ago

That’s one hell of a Frigate. Over half the tonnage of the QE!

Lusty
Lusty
5 days ago
Reply to  Steve M

49,000 tonnes and is 133 metres?!?

I didn’t know we had built a new battleship-sized warship!

Earlier this week, WalesLive reported that QE had just returned from Bahrain. How she got there and back I’ll never know (perhaps a TARDIS?).

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Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
5 days ago
Reply to  Lusty

😳😆 a sub article also mentions RNs “two biggest carriers” which implies there are other, smaller ones….deary me who writes this dross

49000 tonnes !!!!! 😆

Lusty
Lusty
5 days ago

But.. but.. everything that carriers an aircraft could be called carrier (he says impersonating a random journalist)!

I’m sure there are many smaller carriers in the Royal Navy. Most of them are human. 😉

Terence Patrick Hewett
Terence Patrick Hewett
34 seconds ago

Much of the text in newspapers is now computer generated: and the staff whom they employ to proof-read are barely literate in the conventional sense. This is the reason that so many newspaper articles appear to be gobbledy-gook.

Tommo
Tommo
4 days ago
Reply to  Lusty

Must be heavily weighted down with Lead ingots as ballast for that tonnage and length , Heavy class frigate

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
5 days ago
Reply to  Steve M

We see what mistakes journalists make when it comes to defence and they are supposed to research items, one can only imagine what your average joe public knows. Especially if they get there news from planks like this

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
5 days ago
Reply to  Monkey spanker

As a start, bring back the Royal Tournament.

Lusty
Lusty
5 days ago

Navy Days as well.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
4 days ago
Reply to  Lusty

God yes! Only went to the one but loved it. Went aboard HMS Gloucester.

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Lusty
Lusty
4 days ago

I would imagine now would be a good time for one. Imagine the chance to check out QE, POW, T45, Tides etc.

Open up the two main bases and stick some other assets around the country (like they have for the Jubilee celebrations) and show the public what their money goes toward. I imagine the carriers will be a good PR exercise, particularly after the documentary. Stick a few planes on it to stop the moaners and you’d have a cracking weekend!

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
4 days ago
Reply to  Lusty

Mate. It seems so obvious as a good PR and recruitment possibility why is it not done. It’s like the powers that be actually want the military to fail. I know that’s not true and what I say is wrong but that’s how it seems sometimes. Army firepower demonstrations too. Went to Larkill Garrison for one. The flypast at least got the RAF, FAA and the AAC in the public eye and was well received it seems by the masses. Even for just the noise with few golf them even knowing what the planes were. One of the BBC commentators… Read more »

Lusty
Lusty
11 hours ago

Agreed! Yes, I saw that. The BBC’s coverage of the recent flypasts hasn’t been great. They focus on the crowd far too much and they show random aircraft at random times.. which means the commentary doesn’t always line up. I’m not sure if that one was a genuine mistake or if it was because he was looking at P8/RJ, but the camera focused on A400/C17. Just get me to do it. “Ah yes, Merlin. Cut from 42/28 airframes down to 30/25 by some bloody moron. But don’t worry – the navy isn’t desperate for helicopters or anything.” “Hercules.. being cut… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
24 minutes ago
Reply to  Lusty

Brilliant stuff! One of us needs a new career and then “infiltrates” the BBC, then all hell breaks loose.

Tommo
Tommo
4 days ago

Well said DM , bring back the Field Gun FAA ,Dev Pompey not the Nancy Brickwoods ,but the real no holds barred , bxxxxxks too Health and Safety Field Gun Run highlight of the Royal Tournament, Burning,, Stand-by, ,Bang .All gone now thanks Tony Blair( twat)

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
4 days ago
Reply to  Tommo

Absolutely! Yes to Blair too!

Tommo
Tommo
4 days ago

👍👍👍 should of shown him the Gunners daughter

Lusty
Lusty
11 hours ago
Reply to  Tommo

The RN should bring back 16″+ guns for the sole purpose of firing him out of one.

Steve
Steve
4 days ago

I wonder if the west will gamble and use a similar task force to get the grain ships put of Ukraine.