Maritime forces from 18 nations are currently taking part in the 47th annual multinational Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) in the Baltic Sea, running to 21 June. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic region and one of the largest exercises in northern Europe, enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations.
Vice-Admiral Andrew Lewis, commander of the US 2nd Fleet, is leading the exercise on behalf of US Naval Forces Europe. In an interview he commented: ‘No one nation can face today’s challenges alone, we are much stronger together. Our partner and NATO alliances must continue to strengthen our deterrence and defence efforts and adapt through improving readiness and responsiveness.’