This deployment of seven vessels to the Baltic sea once again displays the utility and the impact that these small vessels can have

Commander Mark Hammon, Commander of 1PBS

HMS Example, HMS Explorer, HMS Express, HMS Pursuer, HMS Puncher and HMS Dasher were split into two divisions, one being based on the Danish Island of Bornholm, the other based in Ustka, Poland. This split allowed the units to cover a much wider area, enabling an agile and dynamic response to any tasking given to the small ships.

Throughout the exercise they were constantly testing and evaluating the differing responses of units, and allowing units and task groups to trial individual self-protection methods.

Sub Lieutenant Dan Thomas, Officer of the Watch on HMS Example said, “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!”

The P2000 ships deployed from various ports around the United Kingdom, including Faslane, Cardiff, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Ipswich, Newcastle and Hull.

Other Royal Navy ships deployed to BALTOPS were HMS Monmouth and HMS Ramsey.

This was the 46th iteration of the exercise, and was run by Strike Force NATO (STRIKFORNATO), from the 6th Fleet’s flagship, USS Mount Whitney.

HMS Puncher

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HMS Pursuer

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HMS Trumpeter

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