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Massive NATO exercise BALTOPS24 concludes in the Baltic Sea

24.06.2024 10:30
The BALTOPS24 military maneuvers, involving 50 ships, 45 helicopters and aircraft, and 9,000 troops, have concluded after more than two weeks of intensive exercises in the Baltic Sea.
American landing ship USS New York (LPD-21) enters the Port of Gdynia.
American landing ship USS New York (LPD-21) enters the Port of Gdynia.PAP/Adam Warżawa

This year's operation saw participation from 20 North Atlantic alliance countries, including the newly joined NATO members, Finland and Sweden.

NATO troops engaged in a variety of exercises such as convoying ships, anti-submarine warfare, port defense, and sea landings. These annual maneuvers, organized under the Partnership for Peace program, provide essential practice for military operations in the Baltic region in response to current international scenarios.

The activities spanned the entire Baltic Sea basin, with operations also taking place on land in Lithuania, Germany, Sweden, and Poland. The exercises lasted 17 days and featured a diverse array of over 50 ships. The largest vessel was the USS New York landing ship, which docked at the French quay of the Port of Gdynia.

The Polish Navy's contribution included units from the 3rd Flotilla of Ships and the 8th Flotilla of Coastal Defense. Key vessels were the missile frigate ORP General K. Pułaski, the tanker ORP Baltic, the minesweeper ORP Necko, and the transport-mining ship ORP Poznań.


Source: TVP3