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New U.K.-Led Maritime First Responder Force Takes to Sea at BALTOPS

New U.K.-Led Maritime First Responder Force Takes to Sea at BALTOPS

HMS Albion (L14) conducted officer of the watch maneuvers today (25th May 2109), in company with HNLMS Johan de Witt (L801), HDMS Absalon (L16), RFA Argus (A135), HNoMS Glimt (P964) and HNoMS Steil (P963). The maneuvers are a test for the bridge team, operating in such close proximity to the other ships in the task group. HMS Albion is currently deployed on Baltic Protector 19, the inaugural deployment of Joint Expeditionary Force (Maritime). Royal Navy photo

ABOARD HMS ALBION, IN THE BALTIC SEA – The U.K. and its partners are testing out a first-responder force that could beat NATO to the punch if a crisis were to occur in Northern European waters. Read More

Truman Carrier Strike Group Leveraging Unusual Deployment to Work on Undersea Warfare, Strengthen Northern NATO Partnerships

Truman Carrier Strike Group Leveraging Unusual Deployment to Work on Undersea Warfare, Strengthen Northern NATO Partnerships

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) conducts flight operations in the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 18, 2018. US Navy photo.

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is in the midst of an unusual deployment – currently operating in the North Sea, in Act II of its deployment that had a working port visit intermission – but the strike group commander said the deployment has allowed his sailors to focus on high-end warfare and train in ranges not usually available to them. Read More

European Navies Are Grappling with Aggressive Russian, Chinese Operations in Baltic, Mediterranean

European Navies Are Grappling with Aggressive Russian, Chinese Operations in Baltic, Mediterranean

Chinese destroyer near Vladivostok, Russia during Joint Sea 2017. Russian state media photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The optimism for peace at the end of the Cold War has proven to be a mistake as Russia used the lull in Western defense attention to occupy Crimea and aggressively support separatists in Ukraine and insert itself in the Syrian civil war, three chiefs of European navies agreed on Monday. Read More

Report: Russian Sub Activity on the Rise in North Atlantic

Report: Russian Sub Activity on the Rise in North Atlantic

Russian submarine Severodvinsk

Russian submarine Severodvinsk

While Russian submarine activity in the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas and the North Atlantic are at their highest levels since the end of the Cold War, its navy has only started to be resourced and its undersea fleet, while “a pocket of competence,” remains small. Read More

U.S., Sweden Sign Agreement To Collaborate On Anti-Sub, Anti-Air R&D, Exercises

U.S., Sweden Sign Agreement To Collaborate On Anti-Sub, Anti-Air R&D, Exercises

Then-Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert is piped ashore after touring the Swedish submarine HMS Uppland at Karlskrona Naval Base on July 14, 2015. US Navy photo.

Then-Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert is piped ashore after touring the Swedish submarine HMS Uppland at Karlskrona Naval Base on July 14, 2015. US Navy photo.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter signed a Statement of Intent with Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist that aims to increase military capability and interoperability between the two nations. Read More

Document: Statement of Intent Signed by U.S., Sweden To Promote Military Cooperation

Document: Statement of Intent Signed by U.S., Sweden To Promote Military Cooperation

An international Corps of Marines from Sweden, Finland, and the U.K. conduct amphibious assaults on a beachhead in Ravlunda, Sweden, for local media outlets during BALTOPS 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

An international Corps of Marines from Sweden, Finland, and the U.K. conduct amphibious assaults on a beachhead in Ravlunda, Sweden, for local media outlets during BALTOPS 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

The following is a Statement of Intent signed today by the Secretary of Defense of the United States and the Minister for Defence of Sweden. The two countries intend to increase military cooperation, enhance interoperability and work together to improve defense capabilities.  Read More

Opinion: Russia, Middle East Will Define NATO's Emerging Maritime Century

Opinion: Russia, Middle East Will Define NATO’s Emerging Maritime Century

Amphibious assault ships participating in exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2015 transit in formation off the coast of Sweden on June 12, 2015. US Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ships participating in exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2015 transit in formation off the coast of Sweden on June 12, 2015. US Navy Photo

NATO may be best known for its protracted counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan, or for its current efforts to shore up defenses in Eastern Europe with air and ground exercises. But moving forward NATO must also consider its role in the global maritime domain, as it is central to the twin security challenges of an increasingly aggressive Russia and a crumbling Middle East order that the Alliance faces right now. Read More