Eighteen Allies and Partners are participating in the international maritime-focused Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS).
Conducted since 1971, BALTOPS brings together a robust professional constellation of maritime, ground and air forces in order to strengthen combined capabilities required for immediate crisis response and regional stability in multi-domain operations.
The U.S. Second Fleet will lead this year’s BALTOPS 2019 and participants will include NATO Allies Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States as well as NATO Partners Finland and Sweden. NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force aircraft will also control elements of the air operations.
Throughout the exercise the Air Operations Cell at NATO’s Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) in Uedem, Germany, will be responsible for planning and coordinating air and maritime operations, as well as for managing and deconflicting the air exercise scenario.
“Maritime, ground, and air force personnel from participating nations will practice and train skills in the fields of air defence, maritime interdiction, anti-subsurface warfare, anti-surface warfare, mine countermeasures, and amphibious operations in a joint environment to ensure regional security.
This unique training opportunity is designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s interconnected oceans.”