Distinguished Visitors Join BALTOPS 2012 Demonstration in Estonia
Maritime forces participating in Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2012, one of the largest multinational maritime exercises this year in the Baltic Sea, demonstrated a Maritime Prepositioning Force offload for international distinguished visitors and local media, June 14.
PALDISKI HARBOR, Estonia - Chief Warrant Officer Tim Gordon(left) observes as Sailors from Naval Beach Group Two, an element of the Maritime Prepositioning Force, demonstrate the capabilities of a causeway ferry, part of the Navy Improved Lighterage System, during the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2012 Maritime Prepositioning Force demonstration, June 14. This is the 40th iteration of BALTOPS, a maritime exercise intended to improve interoperability with partner nations by conducting realistic training at sea.
3 photos: Chief Warrant Officer Tim Gordon observes as Sailors from Naval Beach Group Two demonstrate the capabilities of a causeway ferry
Photo 1 of 3: PALDISKI HARBOR, Estonia - Chief Warrant Officer Tim Gordon(left) observes as Sailors from Naval Beach Group Two, an element of the Maritime Prepositioning Force, demonstrate the capabilities of a causeway ferry, part of the Navy Improved Lighterage System, during the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2012 Maritime Prepositioning Force demonstration, June 14. This is the 40th iteration of BALTOPS, a maritime exercise intended to improve interoperability with partner nations by conducting realistic training at sea. Download full-resolution version
PALDISKI HARBOR, Estonia – Marine Lt. Gen. Richard Tryon, deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations (second from left) speaks with His Excellency Toomas Hendrik Ilves, president of the Republic of Estonia (left), during the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2012 Maritime Preposition Force demonstration, June 14. This is the 40th iteration of BALTOPS, a maritime exercise intended to improve interoperability with partner nations by conducting realistic training at sea.
3 photos: Marine Lt. Gen. Richard Tryon(second from left) speaks with His Excellency Toomas Hendrik Ilves, president of the Republic of Estonia
Photo 2 of 3: PALDISKI HARBOR, Estonia – Marine Lt. Gen. Richard Tryon, deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations (second from left) speaks with His Excellency Toomas Hendrik Ilves, president of the Republic of Estonia (left), during the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2012 Maritime Preposition Force demonstration, June 14. This is the 40th iteration of BALTOPS, a maritime exercise intended to improve interoperability with partner nations by conducting realistic training at sea. Download full-resolution version
PALDISKI HARBOR, Estonia – Michael Polt (top left), the U.S. Ambassador to Estonia, and His Excellency Toomas Hendrik Ilves (top right), president of the Republic of Estonia, ride in a Light-armored Reconnaissance Vehicle during the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2012 Maritime Prepositioning Force demonstration, June 14. This is the 40th iteration of BALTOPS, a maritime exercise intended to improve interoperability with partner nations by conducting realistic raining at sea.
3 photos: Amb. Michael Polt and His Excellency Toomas Hendrik Ilves ride in a Light-armored Reconnaissance Vehicle during the BALTOPS 2012 Maritime Prepositioning Force demonstration
Photo 3 of 3: PALDISKI HARBOR, Estonia – Michael Polt (top left), the U.S. Ambassador to Estonia, and His Excellency Toomas Hendrik Ilves (top right), president of the Republic of Estonia, ride in a Light-armored Reconnaissance Vehicle during the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2012 Maritime Prepositioning Force demonstration, June 14. This is the 40th iteration of BALTOPS, a maritime exercise intended to improve interoperability with partner nations by conducting realistic raining at sea. Download full-resolution version
PALDISKI HARBOR, Estonia - Chief Warrant Officer Tim Gordon(left) observes as Sailors from Naval Beach Group Two, an element of the Maritime Prepositioning Force, demonstrate the capabilities of a causeway ferry, part of the Navy Improved Lighterage System, during the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2012 Maritime Prepositioning Force demonstration, June 14. This is the 40th iteration of BALTOPS, a maritime exercise intended to improve interoperability with partner nations by conducting realistic training at sea.
PALDISKI HARBOR, Estonia – Marine Lt. Gen. Richard Tryon, deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations (second from left) speaks with His Excellency Toomas Hendrik Ilves, president of the Republic of Estonia (left), during the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2012 Maritime Preposition Force demonstration, June 14. This is the 40th iteration of BALTOPS, a maritime exercise intended to improve interoperability with partner nations by conducting realistic training at sea.
PALDISKI HARBOR, Estonia – Michael Polt (top left), the U.S. Ambassador to Estonia, and His Excellency Toomas Hendrik Ilves (top right), president of the Republic of Estonia, ride in a Light-armored Reconnaissance Vehicle during the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2012 Maritime Prepositioning Force demonstration, June 14. This is the 40th iteration of BALTOPS, a maritime exercise intended to improve interoperability with partner nations by conducting realistic raining at sea.

PALDISKI HARBOR, Estonia (June 14, 2012) – Maritime forces participating in Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2012, one of the largest multinational maritime exercises this year in the Baltic Sea, demonstrated a Maritime Prepositioning Force offload for international distinguished visitors and local media, June 14.

Distinguished visitors included His Excellency Toomas Hendrik Ilves, president of the Republic of Estonia; Michael Polt, U.S. Ambassador to Estonia; Marine Lt. Gen. Richard Tryon, deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations; Lt. Gen. Frank Panter Jr., deputy commandant for installations and logistics; and Brig. Gen. Charles Chiarotti, deputy commander for U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe-Africa.

International media were also on hand to observe the highly coordinated offload and to hear about the importance of such capabilities to BALTOPS and the Baltic Region.

“[We] remind ourselves that our greatest strength lies in shared values…Estonia and our Baltic neighbors know this perhaps better than anyone,” said Chiarotti. “When we stand together side-by-side, shoulder-to-shoulder defending those common values of freedom, human dignity and democracy against threats who seek to oppress and destroy, we are stronger together.”

U.S. Marines from the 4th Marine Logistics Group, Sailors from Naval Beach Group Two and the staff of Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron One aboard Military Sealift Command’s Maritime Prepositioning Force ship USNS 2ND LT John P. Bobo (T-AK 3008), provided static displays and demonstrations to show the work that goes into rapidly moving military equipment from sea to shore.

The day’s events culminated with a dynamic demonstration featuring a causeway ferry from Bobo’s Navy Improved Lighterage System expertly navigating its way from the water onto a narrow and rocky beach, where the cargo, consisting of several Estonian vehicles and U.S. seven-ton Mechanical Tactical Vehicle Replacement trucks, were driven onto land.

“The U.S. Navy has been conducting BALTOPS exercises here in Northern Europe since 1971,” said U.S. Ambassador Polt. “This annual exercise is now conducted in the spirit of Partnership for Peace, dedicated to the security of the nations of the Baltic region. With the cooperation of our Baltic allies, our militaries are ensuring they can operate together most effectively in the air, on land and at sea.”

BALTOPS 12 is an invitational joint and combined exercise focused on enhancing multinational maritime capabilities and interoperability, in order to promote understanding, confidence, and cooperation among the participating nations.

Other participating nations in the BALTOPS 2012 exercise include Denmark, Lithuania, France, Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, and Sweden.

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