Series of Exercises to Kick Off in EUCOM AOR

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BALTIC SEA - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60), homeported in Norfolk, Va., is underway in the Baltic Sea participating in Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2012. This is the 40th iteration of BALTOPS, a maritime exercise intended to improve interoperability with partner nations by conducting realistic training at sea with 12 participating nations.

The Canadian flag is lowered by Estionian soldiers, while a US Army soldier renders a salute during the Tapa, Estonia Closing Ceremony for Saber Strike 2012. Saber Strike 2012 is a multinational, tactical field training exercise that involves personnel from the U.S. Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, the 4th U.S. Marine Division, the 127th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard, Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian armed forces, with contingents from Canada , Finland, France and the U.K. The exercise, led by U.S. Army Europe, is designed to enhance joint and combined interoperability between the U.S. Army and partner nations, and will help prepare participants to operate successfully in a joint, multinational, interagency, integrated environment.

Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip is briefed on the capabilities of a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker by Lt. Col. Paul Beck, a pilot with the 171st Air Refueling Squadron. The aircraft was in Estonia for Saber Strike 2012, a multi-national exercise based in Estonia and Latvia.

STUTTGART, Germany – Several military exercises are scheduled to begin this month in the United States European Command area of responsibility.

Forces from 13 countries and NATO will participate in Exercise BALTOPS 2014, this year’s largest multinational maritime exercise in the Baltic Sea, June 6-21. In its 42nd year, Exercise BALTOPS 2014 aims to improve maritime security in the Baltic Sea through increased interoperability and cooperation among regional allies.

During this annual exercise, Sailors will work side-by-side with personnel from partner nations on land and at sea, and will become familiar with the military operating procedures and practices of participating nations. Additionally, the U.S. Air Force will provide fighter aircraft for maritime interdiction, air-refueling support and other air combat training missions.

Nations scheduled to participate in BALTOPS 14 include Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the U.S.

Exercise Saber Strike 2014 is a U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative training exercise that has been held annually since 2011. This year’s exercise objectives will focus on promoting interoperability with regional partners and improving joint operational capability in a variety of missions to prepare participating nations and units for future operations.

The U.S. Air Force will provide Joint Tactical Air Controllers, aerial port capabilities, close air support and aerial refueling for Saber Strike. Participating nations include Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, the United Kingdom and the U.S. The exercise will be held in three locations in Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia from June 9-20.

The Marines and Sailors of Black Sea Rotational Force 14 and 6th Marine Headquarters will participate in Exercise Agile Spirit 14, June 9-21. Agile Spirit 14 is a multilateral exercise conducted with their counterparts from the Georgian Armed Forces and observers from Bulgaria, France, Romania and Turkey.

This group of Marines and Sailors will exercise partner training at the brigade and battalion level; conduct small unit training in the transition from counterinsurgency to peacekeeping operations; and strengthen the relationship with our allies and partners in the Black Sea region.

For additional information on BALTOPS, contact U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs at +39 081-568-4696/3223/6018 or via e-mail to:

For additional information on Saber Strike, contact U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs at +49 (0)611 705 3050 or via e-mail to:

For additional information on Agile Spirit, contact Marine Forces Europe at +49 (0) 703 115 3598 or via e-mail to:  

For additional information on U.S. Air Force participation, contact U.S. Air Forces in Europe at +49 (0) 367 147 6558 or via e-mail to:  

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