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BALTOPS Exercise

  • Published
    6th Jun, 2022

NATO kicked off nearly a two-week United States-led naval exercise on the Baltic Sea, including two aspiring to join the military alliance, Finland and Sweden.


BALTOPS naval exercise:

  • BALTIC OPERATIONS (BALTOPS) is an annual military exercise.
  • The annual BALTOPS exercise was initiated in 1972.
  • BALTOPS is the premier maritime-led exercise in the Baltic Sea region and one of the largest exercises in northern Europe.
  • Its purpose is to improve maritime security in the region through partnership and the sharing of resources, and to enhance cooperation among the Baltic States.
  • The exercise also makes an excellent opportunity to test the skills and capabilities of the participating nations and – crucially – their ability to work together.


  • The host of the BALTOPS 22 exercise is Sweden.
  • A total of 14 NATO nations, including Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States will participate, Kirby said.
  • Additionally, NATO partner nations Finland and Sweden will also participate this year — both nations have recently applied to join NATO.
  • BALTOPS 22 is scheduled to end in the German port of Kiel.
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