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Maritime Theater Missile Defense (MTMD) Forum Completes At Sea Demonstration

FASLANE, United Kingdom - The Maritime Theater Missile Defense (MTMD) Forum wrapped up its At Sea Demonstration (ASD) 2015 event on Tuesday, October 27, culminating nearly four years of planning and three weeks of at sea operations in the North Atlantic.

NMCB 1 Helps Improve Training during Trident Juncture 2015

NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain - Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 supported the NATO-led exercise Trident Juncture 2015 with construction of two training structures at Sierra del Retin, Spain, beginning Oct 16, 2015.

The training structures are on one of three sites that NMCB 1 had constructed for exercise Trident Juncture. The structures provided a realistic training environment for the participating forces to use during exercise scenarios.

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BALTOPS 2015 Comes to a Close as Its Docks in Kiel, Germany

KIEL, Germany – The BALTOPS 2015 exercise came to a close today, June 19, 2015, in Kiel, Germany as the USS San Antonio and other NATO member and partner ships tied ashore at the Kiel Naval Base in Northern Germany. With ships from 17 nations, this year’s exercise concluded with the largest contingent of air, ground and maritime forces ever assembled for this exercise since its inception 43 years ago. Continue reading for some quick facts and additional links ...

BALTOPS 2015 Integrates Amphibious NATO Forces

BALTIC SEA - Marines from four nations come together during BALTOPS from June 7-17.  U.S. Marines and partner nations integrated to practice expeditionary, ship-to-shore assaults to enhance their capability to work together as a combined amphibious force. “The U.K. [Commandos] and [United States Marine Corps] work together often, so we have similar procedures," said British Capt. Christopher Viggars, U.K. Royal Commandos.

17 Nations Conduct BALTOPS 2015 Amphibious Landing in Sweden

RAVLUNDA, Sweden – NATO and partner nations conducted an amphibious landing rehearsal, June 13 during BALTOPS 2015. The landing was a rehearsal for the main event happening in Ustka, Poland, June 17.

Task Forces 68 Commander's Update

By  Commodore Joe Polanin Commander, Combined Task Group 162.60 Commander, Task Force 68

U.S. Marines Participate BALTOPS 2015

BALTIC Sea- In continuation of ongoing commitment to NATO and regional security, more than 300 U.S. Marines are participating in BALTOPS 2015. The Baltic Operation exercise is an annually recurring maritime exercise this year being commanded by Striking and Support Forces NATO STRIKFORNATO. Continue reading for some quick facts and additional links …

USS Jason Dunham's Sea Stories: Episode 3 - June 11, 2015

So there we were, underway in the Baltic when we were called to perform a replenishment-at-sea with our French allies on the FS Somme. Before we knew it, the Danish frigate HDMS Absalon had joined in and we had two Polish Navy officers conning the USS Jason Dunham alongside our friends off the port beam.

BALTOPS 2015 Ships Sail from Gdynia for Training

BALTIC SEA – Ships from 17 NATO and partner countries, comprising the BALTOPS 2015 force, sailed from Gdynia to start training in a number of warfare areas, June 8.

BALTOPS is an annual multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability in order to strengthen combined response capabilities necessary to ensure regional stability.

BALTOPS exercises will test the maritime defense capabilities of NATO and partner countries participating in the operation and will include a landing force event composed of 700 Swedish, Finnish and U.S. troops.

6 Things You Need to Know about BALTOPS 2015:

BALTOPS 2015, scheduled from June 5-20, 2015

1. Commitment: BALTOPS is an annually recurring multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, and will involve air, ground and maritime forces working together to strengthen the combined response capabilities necessary to ensuring regional stability.


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