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  • 18 August 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    On August 15-17 Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group ONE (SNMCMG1), currently under a six-month command of Commander Giedrius Permeneckas of the Lithuanian Navy, conducted a port visit to Riga, Latvia.   When the vessels moored at Riga, SNMCMG1 Commander Giedrius Premeneckas and other ship commanders paid visits to Brigadier General Juris Zeibarts, Chief of the […]

  • 22 April 2016
    Training & Education

    Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Riga for after a scheduled port visit, April 21. Such port visits serve to enhance U.S.-Latvian relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous region. “The Donald Cook was greeted warmly by the people of Latvia and gave our Sailors […]

  • 5 April 2016
    Authorities

    Latvian military personnel have reported spotting a Russian Kilo-class submarine within the Baltic States’ exclusive economic zone. The National Armed Forces of Latvia wrote on Twitter, April 4, that they have identified a Russian submarine in the exclusive economic zone of 11 miles from the border of Latvia. In the past, Latvia has repeatedly reported Russian […]

  • 22 August 2012
    Industry news

    Riga Shipyard today delivered Patrol ship Viesīteto to the Latvia’s Ministry of Defence. The building of patrol ship Viesīteto started in June 17th 2009, the vessel is third out of five new SWATH type patrol ships built for Latvian Navy. The Viesīteto was designed and built to Germanischer Lloyd classification standards and has a length of 25.71m, […]

  • 24 June 2011
    Authorities

    Latvia is about to claim NATO’s compensation if Russia deploys French Mistral class helicopter carriers in the Baltic, reports Telegraph referring to Inga Salenietse, advisor to Latvian defense minister. The head of Latvian defense ministry Artis Pabriks confirmed that information. As for him, if the Mistral sale changes security balance in the Baltic region, Latvia […]

  • 16 July 2015
    Authorities

    The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) departed Riga, Latvia after a three-day scheduled port visit, July 15, 2015. The vessel participated in a series of drills at sea with the Latvian Navy patrol crafts Jelgava (P-08) and Rēzekne (P-09) prior to arriving in port, July 12. Latvian Navy Chief of Staff, Cmdr. […]

  • 4 May 2017
    Authorities

    Ships from NATO’s Standing Mine Counter Measures Group One (SNMCMG1) arrived in Liepāja, Latvia, on May 3. Led by Commander Johan-Elias Seljamaa from the Estonian Navy, the group will conduct a port visit and continue with historical ordnance disposal operation (HODOPS) in Latvian waters until May 11. The HODOPS objective is to conduct clearance operations of explosive […]

  • 11 September 2013
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Final Coordination Conference for the upcoming military exercises “Steadfast Jazz 2013” and “Baltic Host 2013” is currently underway in Riga, Latvia. The conference, which is taking place from the 9th – 11th September, includes over 250 participants from NATO military staff as well as participating nations. This is the final planning event for both […]

  • 1 July 2014
    Authorities

    Sailors assigned to USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 72 participated in a community relations (COMREL) project while the ship made a port visit to Riga, Latvia, June 29.   Sailors assisted Latvia’s largest children’s hospital by cleaning out a warehouse and also spent time with some of the children. […]

  • 21 March 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Mine countermeasures ships from eight NATO and ally navies are set to gather in the Baltic Sea at the end of May for the “Baltic Mine Countermeasures Squadron Exercise”. The exercise is hosted by the German Navy’s 3rd Mine Minesweeping Squadron and is in its third iteration. The two-week drill will involve seamanship and mine […]

  • 13 May 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    German Navy’s diver support ship FGS Rottweil (M 1061) set sail for Klaipeda, Lithuania on May 12. The vessel and its crew will join minesweepers from different nation to take part in NATO’s ‘Open Spirit’ maneuver. Open Spirit arose from from the exercises of the joint mine countermeasures squadron of the Baltic states, the Baltic Naval Squadron […]

  • 25 January 2019
    Authorities

    US Navy destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) arrived in Riga, Latvia, on January 22 for a scheduled port visit. Porter is one of two Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers operating in the Baltic currently, under the close watch of Russian Navy corvettes. “We would like to thank our Latvian hosts for the warm welcome and hospitality,” […]

  • 10 August 2012
    Training & Education

    The guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) continued to strengthen relationships with Baltic nations as it began a four-day port visit in Riga, Latvia, Aug. 4. During the port visit, Sailors played a game of basketball against members of the Latvian National Armed Forces and participated in two community service projects. “The city of Riga […]

  • 13 July 2015
    Authorities

    The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) arrived in Riga, Latvia, for a scheduled port visit July 12, 2015. Jason Dunham’s presence in Latvia reaffirms to regional partners and NATO allies that the U.S. Navy shares a commitment to strengthen ties while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability in […]

  • 30 March 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1), under the command of Spanish Navy Rear Admiral Jose Enrique Delgado, visited Riga, Latvia, for a scheduled port visit last week. The group is currently deployed to the North and Baltic Seas. SNMG1 is currently composed of three ships: the Spanish F100 class frigate ESPS Alvaro de Bazan (F101), as […]

  • 2 July 2014
    Authorities

    The guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) arrived in Riga, Latvia, for a scheduled port visit, June 28.   The port visit in Riga is part of an ongoing effort by U.S. military forces to strengthen ties with NATO allies and regional partners while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability in […]

  • 25 May 2015
    Authorities

    Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) ships arrived in Riga, Latvia, today for a port visit, having recently completed exercises in the Baltic Sea with the Lithuanian Navy. The Group is in the Baltic Sea to reassure allies in the region of the Alliance’s collective defense and to enhance NATO’s maritime force interoperability. Led by Rear […]

  • 23 December 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group One (SNMCMG1) concluded its 5 months sea deployment under the command of Lithuanian Navy Officer, Commander Giedrius Premeneckas onboard the Lithuanian flagship LNS JOTVINGIS, and returned to Klaipėda, Lithuania. LNS JOTVINGIS (Lithuania) accompanied by the ENS TALIVALDIS (Latvia) and LVNS SAKALA (Estonia) entered Klaipėda port on December 17, while the […]

  • 18 August 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Latvian Navy is hosting this year’s edition of the international annual mine clearance and ordnance disposal drill Open Spirit which is taking place between August 18 and 31. The exercise aims to reduce the threat of unexploded ordnance throughout the Baltic Sea region, including seabed communications lines, international shipping routes, and fishing areas. It […]

  • 19 September 2014
    Authorities

    The Commander of NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM), Vice Admiral Peter Hudson CBE, paid official visits to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania last week as part of ongoing NATO efforts to assure Allies on the eastern borders of the Alliance of NATO’s solidarity and commitment to collective defence.   During the visits, Vice Admiral Hudson met […]

  • 24 January 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Estonian naval forces are hosting this year’s edition of the international Baltic Sea ordnance disposal drill Open Spirit. The exercise is taking place from May 11 to 25 and will welcome 800 participants, the Estonian defense ministry announced following a January 23 planning conference which took place in Tallinn, Estonia. Exercises will take place […]

  • 26 May 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The annual combined-joint exercise Saber Strike 17 kicked off with troops and vehicles coming ashore with tactical landing crafts from maritime prepositioning ships in the Baltic Sea to Ventspils, Latvia, May 23-24, 2017. The exercise is held at various locations throughout the Baltic region and Poland and prepares allies and partners to respond more to regional crises and […]

  • 28 May 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Estonian-hosted mine warfare drill Open Spirit concluded in the Baltic Sea on May 25. The two-week multinational naval mine clearance and ordnance disposal operation took place in two main areas – around Tallin, and around the islands of Saaremaa and Hiiumma. In addition to ships from Baltic states’ navies, the exercise was joined by ships […]

  • 12 September 2014
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Ships from various countries are underway in formation during Sea Breeze 2014.   Sea Breeze is a multinational maritime exercise with naval forces participants from Ukraine, Georgia, Romania, Turkey, Latvia, and the U.S., as well as ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group Two, Task Unit 02, conducting evolutions aimed at improving maritime security. [mappress] Naval […]

  • 31 July 2012
    Training & Education

    Arriving under a large grey cloud, the Ships were welcomed to the town by the Mayor and local Press. Roja is situated on the eastern coast of Latvia and is a small fishing village with a population of 6000. Despite the weather being typically British, this did not deter the 150 visitors keen to take […]

  • 23 May 2014
    Training & Education

    Members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8 (EODMU 8), Platoon 802 wrapped up their participation in exercise Open Spirit 2014, May 22.   Held annually in one of the Baltic States, the exercise aims to clear shipping routes, communication lines, and fishing areas and search for and dispose of explosive ordnance left over on […]

  • 11 May 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Mine countermeasure ships and personnel from 15 navies gathered in Tallinn, Estonia, for the start of the international Baltic Sea ordnance disposal drill Open Spirit. The exercise kicks off Friday and is joined by ships from NATO’s Standing Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) among others. Open Spirit will take place Estonian waters ranging from Tallinn to […]

  • 29 May 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Members of a Latvian explosive ordnance disposal team used demolition charges to detonate a World War II-era German bottom-mine in Estonian waters, in the Baltic Sea. The operation was conducted as part of the conducting mine countermeasures operations in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Estonia during Exercise Open Spirit 2015. EODMU-8 is working […]

  • 5 September 2017
    Training & Education

    The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) departed Riga, Latvia, Aug. 31, following a scheduled port visit. While in Riga, James E. Williams engaged in topside preservation, loaded food onboard, held tours for Latvian military members and participated in community relations projects. The crew of the James E. Williams was also […]