The first vehicles landed on the Finnish beach in Syndalen at 6:00am. Multiple surface and air connectors transported more than 600 marines, sailors and aircrews from six different countries: Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and United States.
The multinational combined force conducted the in-port and at-sea serialized training event, which consists combat enhancement training (CET) and force integration training (FIT), as part of BALTOPS 2016.
BALTOPS is the premier maritime exercise in the Baltic and will provide a valuable training opportunity for regional forces to demonstrate capability and increase interoperability with Allies and Partners. BALTOPS provides a visible demonstration of NATO’s commitment to ensuring-stability in the Baltic Sea region.
Units participating were: USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), Assault Craft Unit 4, United States, India Company, 3rd Battalion 8th Marine Regiment, United States, 2nd Assault Amphibian BN, 2nd Marine Division (AAV-7), Italian Marines Recon Team, San Marco Navy Brigade, and HNLMS Johan De Witt, Swedish/Finnish Amphibious Task Unit composed by Company from Nyland Brigade, Company from 1st Marine Regiment (SWE), Platoon from German Sea Battalion, two Cougars, 300 Squadron, detachment from USN TACTICAL AIR SQUADRON 21 and a detachment from USMC 2nd ANGLICO.
The purpose of exercise BALTOPS 2016 is for participating units to conduct combined operations. The key events are: receiving and integrating allied forces, conducting thorough preparatory training, establishing the necessary conditions for conducting realistic tactical missions, exchanging information, following safety rules, maintaining C2 and logistic support capabilities, conducting amphibious operations, and developing individual commander and staffs skills.
BALTOPS is an annual recurring multinational exercise designed to improve interoperability, enhance flexibility and demonstrate the resolve of allied and partner nations to defend the Baltic region.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.