NATO warships arrive to Baltic Sea — Analysis
NATO’s navy warships are set for exercises in the area with their allies
According to a NATO press release, a group of NATO warships from the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 have begun arriving in the Baltic Sea in order to participate in joint exercises and drills with allied and partnered countries.
The bloc announced the move on Monday, saying “NATO regularly deploys maritime forces in the Blatic Sea in order to maintain a credible and capable defensive capability in accordance with treaty obligations.”
The SNMG1 consists primarily of flagships from Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. While the SNMCMG1 consists of Norwegian, Belgian and German mine layers and minesweepers, as well as British, Estonian and British minesweepers, the SNMCMG1 consists of minesweepers and minesweepers.
This is just two of four task group ships that NATO has available from various allies to carry out different missions, including participation in exercises.
The Port of Tallinn was visited by four vessels belonging to the SNMG1 Group on Thursday. There, they were joined at the Port of Tallinn by the Canadian frigate HMCS Harbour (FFH 330).
“It was a great pleasure to host the SNMG1 Teams in Tallinn,” said commodore Jüri Saska, commander of the Estonian Navy. “This is a crucial call in light of current security conditions, where our neighbour to the East has taken up arms against independence and freedom of the peoples of Ukraine.”
Saska added that a strong maritime presence on NATO’s eastern border showcased the speed, flexibility and determination of the alliance to defend member states on land, by air and at sea.
This group will conduct joint operations with the Estonian Navy and routine operations next week. “improve interoperability among NATO forces and increase shared knowledge of maritime tactics, while promoting professionalism among sailors, cultural understanding and trust,”According to the NATO press release.
An ex-commander of the Russian navy has said that the Russian Baltic Fleet will closely monitor the exercises and that they will target all the targets. “in its crosshairs”Russia may be notified of any plans to attack.
“The purpose of the NATO exercises is to show the power and unity of the allies. The Baltic Fleet is equipped with enough naval personnel and coastal structures to counter any threat. Reconnaissance takes place using every means. In the event of aggressive plans, we will have all targets ‘in our crosshairs’,”According to Admiral Vladimir Valuev who was Commander of the Baltic Fleet, 2001-2006
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