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U.S. 2nd Fleet Kicks Off BALTOPS 2019

THE PENTAGON – A massive U.S.-led NATO and European partner exercise is kicking-off near Russia in the Baltic Sea and led by the Norfolk, Va.-based U.S. 2nd Fleet.

This year’s BALTOPS involves ships, aircraft and 8,500 personnel from 18 NATO and European partner nations, U.S. 2nd Fleet commander Vice Adm. Lewis told reporters on Friday. This is the first exercise conducted under the leadership of reestablished 2nd Fleet, which was declared operational last week.

Lewis and Burns do recognize there’s a possibility for Russian interference and said BALTOPS plans for such theoretical interactions. For instance, while the U.S. did not send an aircraft carrier to the exercise, and doesn’t plan to in the future, Lewis said Spain contributed an amphibious assault ship carrying Harrier jets and similar in design to the U.S. Navy’s Wasp-class. This ship can provide air cover to the exercise, Lewis said.

“I don’t see that as a provocation, but I do consider it to be a contribution to deterrence,” Lewis said of the Spanish ship. “We are very aware of the difference between deterrence and provocation, and we’re not interested in provoking anyone.”

Venäläisillä on ilmeisesti oma harjoituksensa.

Ship groups of the Baltic Fleet went to sea training grounds to participate in exercises

06/10/2019 (11:25)

As part of the planned exercises, several shipboard groups came out to the combat training grounds of the Baltic Fleet in the Baltic Sea to conduct a number of tactical exercises.

Ship search, shock and ship attack groups consisting of the corvettes "Boky" and "Resistant", small missile ships "Serpukhov", "The Green Dol", "Downpour", "Passat" and the anti-submarine ship "Aleksin" will work out actions on anti-submarine support, launching missile strikes against conventional enemy ships, perform artillery and torpedo firing at naval test sites of the fleet, firing at air and sea targets of varying difficulty.

In the course of the planned launch into the sea, the crews of the ships will be tasked with finding and destroying a conditional submarine, electronic launches of missile weapons and repelling a massive air raid.
Hunting a Swedish submarine is among the most difficult to find
By: Rebecka Signäs - June 15, 2019 at 4.30 pm

Somewhere beneath the surface of the Baltic Sea, a submarine moves slowly through the water. The sonar operators report to the officer in charge who ships, unaware of the presence of the submarine, are moving on the surface. Hunting a Swedish submarine in the Baltic Sea is one of the most difficult things an opponent can do.
Submarine hunting is one of many exercise moments performed during the Baltops exercise.

With the help of intelligence, military strategies and knowledge of the local area, the senior manager decides, through the submarines' special management center, UVAK, where and when the Swedish submarines will perform.

The Swedish submarines have many unique abilities. In addition to being able to control a sea area and a unique ability regarding intelligence gathering at sea, they also have one of the Armed Forces' most powerful weapons torpedoes.

The Swedish submarines are known worldwide to be able to move quietly and concealed without being discovered. In order to defend the country's borders and territorial intigree in the event of war, the submarines are loaded with different types of torpedoes, both sharp torpedoes and torpedoes for exercise purposes. Thus torpedoes both with and without explosive charge.

- Swedish submarines are very difficult to discover thanks to the technology that the submarine is built after, and the crew's professional and tactical behavior, says Mikael, Ship Manager on one of Sweden's submarines.

Thanks to their unique ability to stay hidden, the Swedish submarines are a sought-after resource even in international contexts.

- In an actual scenario, an opponent does not discover that a submarine is in the area until we have lowered the first vessel. During the exercise Baltops, the other vessels will try to find us, continues Mikael.

Participating in an exercise like BALTOPS19 improves the navy's ability to perform integrated marine operations together. It also makes it possible for Swedish units to train together in larger multinational assemblies.

- Practicing together within the Armed Forces and with international partners contributes to a stronger navy and a stronger defense. All parts of the Navy together contribute to a higher threshold effect and thus a security for territorial integrity. It is important that we together show presence in the Swedish neighborhood, says the head of First Submarine Fleet Mats Agnéus.

This type of exercise is not unusual for the Navy who has long experience of international cooperation. All parts of the Navy are important for showing presence along the country's coasts and for defending and preserving territorial intigritic offshore, so that the lives of Swedish citizens can continue as usual.