Exercise Baltops

The largest multinational exercise taking place in the Baltic Sea, hosted by Strike Force NATO (STRIKFORNATO), testing allied and partner maritime niche capabilities including maritime security tasks.

Exercise Baltops aims to improve maritime security in the Baltic Sea through partnership and the sharing of resources, enhancing coordination and cooperation among Baltic Sea countries. 

It is one of a set of three exercises in the region in which the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom are involved. 

What we are doing

Showing the UK's continuing commitment to our NATO allies

Why we are there

To improve maritime security through partnership and the sharing of resources with our allies

This deployment of seven vessels to the Baltic sea once again displays the utility and the impact that these small vessels can have; they reach places that are not reachable by any other deployable vessel in the Royal Navy; they have created their own niche within the surface fleet

Commander Mark Hammon, Commander of 1st Patrol Boat Squadron (1PBS)

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

Location Northern europe and the Baltic sea

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