Photos: NATO War Games
NATO is conducting BALTOPS 2015, a multinational exercise held annually since 1971, in northern Poland. Warships and aircraft from 17 NATO county allies are participating for this year’s exercise. Overall, 49 ships and 5,600 troops are participating.
NATO is also holding the exercise Noble Jump, a military drill aimed at testing the high readiness Spearhead Forces deployed in NATO borders.
Military forces from different NATO country allies participated in an amphibious assault on a beach near Ustka in northern Poland. The war games was commanded by the British ship HMS Ocean and the American USS San Antonio.
“We saw an amazing exercise out on the water today. I could not be more impressed with the job they have done,” said General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe.
He said BALTOPS is a great example of “a great example of interoperability and the capability that our NATO forces have together,” and a demonstration that “the Alliance is ready for the new security situation.”
High readiness Spearhead Forces
Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrived in Poland on June 17 to observe the allied forces as they test the capabilities of NATO’s new Very High Readiness Spearhead Force or VJTF. The secretary general was joined by Breedlove and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General Jean-Paul Paloméros.
Czech and Dutch mobile air troops, mechanized infantry from Germany and Norway, and also Polish and Lithuanian special forces, Belgian artillery, US helicopters and a Hungarian civil military cooperation unit are all participating in the exercise.
Brigadier General Kees Matthijssen, the Brigade Commander of the interim VJTF, explained that the 2,100 participating troops from 9 countries were deployed within four days through the use of 9 trains, 440 vehicles, 30 military convoys, 17 flights and over 100 containers.
“I am impressed by what I’ve seen. Troops from 9 different countries working together as one – this is really the strength of NATO,” Stoltenberg said.
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