Maritime-focused Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 22 to Kick Off in June
Maritime-focused Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 22 to Kick Off in June

Maritime-focused Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 22 to Kick Off in June

Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 22, the 51st iteration of the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, takes place from June 5-17. BALTOPS 22 provides a unique training opportunity that strengthens combined response capability critical to preserving the freedom of navigation and security in the Baltic Sea region. Fourteen NATO Allies, two NATO partner nations, over 45 ships, more than 75 aircraft, and approximately 7,000 personnel will participate in BALTOPS 22.

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. They will exercise a myriad of capabilities demonstrating the inherent flexibility of maritime forces, including: amphibious operations, gunnery, anti-submarine, and air defense exercises, as well as mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal, unmanned underwater vehicles, and medical response.

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Maritime-focused Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 22 to Kick Off in June
Maritime-focused Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 22 to Kick Off in June
The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), the Finnish pollution control vessel FNS Louhi (999), the Finnish Hämeenmaa-class Minelayer FNS Hämeenmaa (02), the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107), the Swedish Carlskrona-class auxiliary support ship HSwMS Carlskrona (P 04), and the Finnish Katanpää-class mine countermeasure vessel FNS Purunpää (41) sail in formation during a maneuvering exercise in the Baltic Sea.
The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), the Finnish pollution control vessel FNS Louhi (999), the Finnish Hämeenmaa-class Minelayer FNS Hämeenmaa (02), the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107), the Swedish Carlskrona-class auxiliary support ship HSwMS Carlskrona (P 04), and the Finnish Katanpää-class mine countermeasure vessel FNS Purunpää (41) sail in formation during a maneuvering exercise in the Baltic Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jesse Schwab)

Unique to BALTOPS 22 is Sweden’s role in hosting the exercise, coincidentally occurring during their Navy’s 500th anniversary. BALTOPS 22 will feature more robust medical response scenarios, specifically personnel recovery training involving a submarine. Additionally new to this year’s iteration is the incorporation of a coordinated in-scenario secular chaplaincy response and religious services comprising of five participating nation chaplains. BALTOPS 22 builds from the BALTOPS 2021 scenario story lines and continues the incorporation of the space domain in coordination with the NATO Space Center.

Initiated in the 1972, BALTOPS is an annual exercise that visibly demonstrates NATO’s commitment to preserving regional peace and security by exercising a team of international forces that can rapidly respond in a time of crisis. The purpose of BALTOPS is to train[2] gunnery, replenishment at sea, anti-submarine warfare (ASW), radar tracking & interception, mine countermeasures, seamanship, search and rescue, maritime interdiction operations and scenarios dealing with potential real world crises and maritime security.

he Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), the Finnish pollution control vessel FNS Louhi (999), the Finnish Hämeenmaa-class Minelayer FNS Hämeenmaa (02), the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107), the Swedish Carlskrona-class auxiliary support ship HSwMS Carlskrona (P 04), and the Finnish Katanpää-class mine countermeasure vessel FNS Purunpää (41) sail in formation during a maneuvering exercise in the Baltic Sea, May 17, 2022.
The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), the Finnish pollution control vessel FNS Louhi (999), the Finnish Hämeenmaa-class Minelayer FNS Hämeenmaa (02), the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107), the Swedish Carlskrona-class auxiliary support ship HSwMS Carlskrona (P 04), and the Finnish Katanpää-class mine countermeasure vessel FNS Purunpää (41) sail in formation during a maneuvering exercise in the Baltic Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jesse Schwab)

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