Fourteen NATO allies along with Finland and Sweden have over 45 ships, 75 aircraft and 7,500 personnel deployed to the Baltic.

The maritime-focused annual exercise kicked off from Stockholm, Sweden, on the 5th of June.According to a statement from NATO:“It takes place in the Baltic region from June 5-17 and provides a unique training opportunity to strengthen combined response capabilities critical to preserving freedom of navigation and security in the Baltic Sea. This is the 51st iteration of the exercise series, which began in 1972.

HMS Defender with the fleet.

Participating nations include Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These countries will exercise a range of capabilities demonstrating the inherent flexibility of maritime forces.”

Exercise scenarios include amphibious operations, gunnery, anti-submarine, air defence, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal, unmanned underwater vehicles, and medical response.

BALTOPS 22 takes place in Sweden, and coincides with the 500th anniversary of the Swedish Navy. NATO also add that BALTOPS 22 features more robust medical response scenarios, specifically during personnel recovery training aboard a submarine.

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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4 days ago

That’s quite a list of countries. Interesting that Turkey has deployed a ship all the way to the Baltic for this exercise especially since they must be pretty concerned about what is going on in the Black Sea right now.

All in all another very clear message to Putin, “wrong move sunshine, wrong move..!”

Cheers CR

George Amery
George Amery
4 days ago

Hi folks hope all is well.
Just out of interest, what aircraft carrier is that I the background?

David Steeper
David Steeper
4 days ago
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USS Kearsage LHD.

andy reeves
andy reeves
5 minutes ago

its certainly worthnoting what the swedes and finns bring to the NATO table.