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: CNE-C6FPAO@eu.navy.mil
For additional information on Saber Strike, contact U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs at +49 (0)611 705 3050 or via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information on Agile Spirit, contact Marine Forces Europe at +49 (0) 703 115 3598 or via e-mail to: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org