BALTOPS is an annual joint, multinational maritime-focused exercise scheduled for June 09-21, 2019. It is designed to improve training for participants, enhance flexibility and interoperability, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Baltic Sea region. The exercise will involve maritime, ground, and air forces to strengthen combined response capabilities necessary to ensure regional stability.
BALTOPS, which began in 1972 and is now in its 47th year, continues to be an excellent opportunity for NATO and regional partners to strengthen interoperability through a series of combined tactical maneuvers and scenarios. BALTOPS 2019 is being planned and executed by U.S. 2nd Fleet, as ordered by U.S. Naval Forces Europe (NAVEUR). NAVEUR is the lead component for USEUCOM.