Exercise Baltops

Every year, the navies of various NATO member states – including the United Kingdom – descend on the Baltic Sea for Exercise Baltops: a huge multinational exercise designed to strengthen the bonds of international partnership.

 

What are we doing?

Each year, the Royal Navy sends a number of vessels to take part in Exercise Baltops, including frigates, minehunters and patrol vessels.

The exercise itself involves a range of training scenarios, based on potential real-world events and crises, in which the participants act as either the defending or opposing force.

They could involve any number of important maritime security tasks, including search and rescue, anti-submarine warfare, mine countermeasures, radar tracking, and general seamanship.

Ultimately, the scenarios are designed to test the participants’ individual capabilities, as well as their overall ability to respond to threats as a combined force.

Baltic Protector in depth

The joint expeditionary force (JEF) is proud to be enabling stability and security within the Baltic Sea region.

It’s not often you get to lead a column of warships, within a 40-ship formation, particularly when you’re only 20m long yourself. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Sub Lieutenant Dan Thomas
Officer of the Watch, HMS Example