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  • 2 October 2018
    Training & Education

    The navies of Finland and Estonia have started the joint Baltic Shield 2018 exercise in the Archipelago Sea and Gulf of Finland. The exercise got underway on October 1 and is scheduled to conclude October 11. Baltic Shield 2018 is a mine counter-measures and firing exercise for vessel units of the Finnish and Estonian navies. The […]

  • 5 October 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Mine countermeasure ships from the navies of Finland and Estonia met up on October 2 for four days of bilateral drills as part of exercise Baltic Shield 2017. The exercise is hosted by the 4th Mine Counter-Measures Squadron of the Coastal Fleet and is taking place in Finland, in the Archipelago Sea. The annual exercise is […]

  • 6 October 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Navy vessels from Finland and Estonia are set to take part in a mine countermeasure exercise that will take place in the Archipelago Sea and in the Gulf of Finland between October 10 and 14. The exercise is called Baltic Shield 2016 and will include firing and mine counter-measures exercises. According to the Finnish Navy, Finland will take […]

  • 29 May 2015

    Royal Navy and Army units are taking part in a series of exercises, alongside thousands of personnel from dozens of participating nations. From early June, UK military personnel will be deployed to Eastern Europe and the Baltic states to take part in a series of military exercises. Collectively named Allied Shield, the four exercises will […]

  • 12 May 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    In June NATO and Allies will conduct a series of training events which are referred to as the ALLIED SHIELD series of exercises. The ALLIED SHIELD series includes Exercise NOBLE JUMP, the first training deployment of Allied high-readiness units under the new Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) framework. It also includes BALTOPS, a major […]

  • 1 November 2013

    The Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, General Knud Bartels, travelled to the Gulf of Aden on 28-30 October 2013 to visit the Ukrainian Navy frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy deployed there as part of Operation Ocean Shield, NATO’s counter-piracy mission. “Ukraine’s ability to plug in and out of NATO’s operations show the high level of interoperability the […]

  • 8 November 2013

    General Sir Richard Shirreff, KCB CBE, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR) paid a visit to NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) on Wednesday, 6 November 2013, and met with its Commander, Vice Admiral Peter Hudson, CBE. The two NATO leaders took the opportunity for an exchange of views on the current NATO maritime operations and […]

  • 28 February 2012
    Authorities, Training & Education

    HMS Bulwark’s Baltic mini-deployment has taken her to the Polish port of Gdynia. Her sailors paid their respects to the defenders of the Westerplatte, a peninsula in the nearby city of Gdańsk where the first shots of World War 2 were fired. Standing on one of the most hallowed sites on Polish soil, sailors from […]

  • 5 June 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Three Royal Navy ships are enroute to Poland to participate in the largest maritime exercise of the year – BALTOPS 15. In a demonstration of ongoing commitment to NATO operations, Her Majesty’s Ships Iron Duke and Quorn, as well as the Fleet flagship HMS Ocean, are all participating in this year’s exercise. Seventeen NATO and […]

  • 24 July 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS St. John’s returned to her homeport in Halifax on July 23 after spending six months deployed to NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2). Joining SNMG1 on January 18, 2018, the frigate contributed to NATO operations as part of the Canadian operation Reassurance. During the deployment, St. John’s sailed in the […]

  • 11 December 2013

    Commander of Standing NATO Maritime Group ONE (SNMG1), Commodore Henning Amundsen handed over command of NATO’s counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD task force (CTF-508) at one minute past midnight December 7 to Rear-Admiral Eugenio Diaz Del Rio, Commander SNMG2. The two commanders and staffs met and conducted handover aboard SNMG1 flagship HNoMS FRIDTJOF NANSEN. During the […]

  • 11 July 2013

    Rear Admiral Thomas Ernst, German Navy, relieved French Navy Rear Admiral Jacques de Solms as NATO’s Commander, Maritime Air (COMMARAIR) and Deputy Chief of Staff Maritime Air for NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM), on Wednesday, 10 July 2013. During his tenure, de Solms led the complex consolidation of two regional air commands, COMMARAIR Naples and […]

  • 18 June 2013

    Rear Admiral Antonio Natale, Italian Navy, handed over command of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) on Saturday, 15 June 2013 to Rear Admiral Eugenio Díaz Del Río, Spanish Navy, concluding a very successful six-month NATO deployment. The ceremony, presided over by Vice Admiral Peter Hudson, NATO’s Maritime Commander, took place at the Aksaz Naval […]

  • 6 August 2013
    Training & Education

    On Monday, 29 July 2013, the Dutch frigate HNLMS VAN SPEIJK, part of NATO’s counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD, conducted a maritime exercise together with the Seychelles Coast Guard, focusing on search and rescue operations and enhancing coordination and cooperation between the Coast Guard and NATO warships patrolling the Indian Ocean. To share knowledge, skills and training with […]

  • 22 July 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Navy landing platform dock HMS Albion returned to her home port of HM Naval Base Devonport in Plymouth, after leading an international task group on two months of exercises in the Baltic Sea. This was Albion’s first Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) Maritime Task Group mission that demonstrated the co-operation between nations in the Baltic […]

  • 21 May 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Navy amphibious transport dock HMS Albion has deployed to the Baltic Sea where it will lead a multinational task group as part of a UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF). All three service branches of the UK armed forces will take part in the first JEF maritime deployment, which started as HMS Albion got underway […]

  • 9 February 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) joined over 2,800 service personnel from Romania, Bulgaria, Canada, Greece, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine for the at-sea portion of exercise Sea Shield on February 8. Sea Shield is an annual, Romania-led multinational exercise in the Black Sea designed to improve interoperability and combat proficiency of participating units. […]

  • 29 May 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Poland is hosting 40 ships from 14 nations for this year’s edition of the international Baltic Sea exercise BALTOPS 17. Starting June 1, the drill will be the 45th iteration of the annual maritime exercise. Air, maritime, and ground assets from several NATO allies and partner Nations will be involved in the live training event that sets […]

  • 17 May 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Two ships assigned to NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 1 made a port call in the Lithuanian Port of Klaipeda. Spanish frigate ESPS Alvaro de Bazan and Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate HMS Iron Duke came alongside May 16 and will stay until May 18. The two ships have recently completed participation in the Lithuanian-hosted exercise […]

  • 6 June 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Ships and aircraft from 17 countries are taking part in Baltic Sea naval drills as part of exercise BALTOPS which started on Friday, June 3 and runs until June 20. A total of 49 ships, 61 aircraft, one submarine, and a combined amphibious landing force of 700 U.S. Finnish and Swedish troops will participate in […]

  • 17 November 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    This week, Commander of NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM), Vice Admiral Peter Hudson CBE, paid official visits to Operation OCEAN SHIELD’s counter-piracy task force 508 (CTF-508) off Muscat, Oman, and to Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) partners Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to enhance cooperation and strengthen relationships. During the visit aboard CTF-508’s flagship, […]

  • 24 November 2016

    A detachment of 20 Royal Danish Air Force officers and enlisted service members took flight in their aircraft from the Seychelles one last time on November 19 marking the end of their deployment. The Royal Danish Air Force Challenger CL-604 was deployed to NATO standing Operation Ocean Shield. The Danish detachment was the last of NATO forces […]

  • 10 May 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Five Power Defence Arrangements exercise Bersama Shield concluded on May 9 in Malaysia. Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and the United Kingdom wrapped up two weeks of drills in international waters, off the coast of Malaysia as part of the longest standing multilateral arrangement in South East Asia. Australian Acting Chief of Joint Operations, Major General […]

  • 15 June 2011
    Training & Education

      Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8 and USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) are providing guidance for Baltic nation mine counter measure (MCM) units practicing their craft during Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2011, through June 17. Lithuanian Navy Cmdr. Andris Sirvys, commander, Baltic Naval Squadron (BALTRON); said it is hard to determine exactly how much old ordnance […]

  • 6 May 2016

    A small team of about 20 Royal Danish Air Force officers and enlisted men fly along the coast of Somalia, verifying shipping activity, distinguishing legitimate maritime traffic from suspected pirate vessels and identifying probable pirate activities off the coastline of Somalia. The crew operates a CL-604 Challenger aircraft out of an airport in the Seychelles. The […]

  • 31 May 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Open Spirit 2016 participants were able to utilize their minehunting skills as they destroyed mines and other sea obstacles which posed a threat to Baltic Sea shipping lanes for decades. The international NATO maneuver which took place off Klaipeda, Lithuania concluded May 27. Minehunting units have scanned 185 square kilometers of seafloor and identified 912 objects […]

  • 3 July 2014

    The civilian crew of Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Ocean Shield yesterday received a Commander Australian Fleet commendation for their professional excellence, dedication and esprit-de-corps during their recent service to the Royal Australian Navy.   The 6,500 tonne Offshore Support Vessel was brought into service in June 2012 to bolster the humanitarian and disaster relief capability […]

  • 5 May 2015

    US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) entered the Baltic Sea May 4, 2015, to promote peace and stability in the region. Jason Dunham’s presence in the Baltic Sea will serve to reaffirm the U.S. dedication and commitment toward strengthening the partnerships and joint operational capabilities amongst U.S., NATO and regional Baltic […]

  • 15 May 2014

    The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21, has been recovered about two hours into its first mission since returning to the search area so a communications problem could be investigated.   During the recovery, Bluefin-21 was damaged but was able to be repaired expeditiously with spare parts on board the ADV Ocean Shield. Examination of the communications […]