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(© U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams/Released)
Rostock, 2 June 2017
On 2 June, the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) navy exercise began in the waters off Bornholm and the western Baltic Sea. The German navy is playing its part in the US-led manoeuvre. 

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(© U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jessica Dupree/Released)
The manoeuvre, led by the US Navy, is part of the measures NATO is implementing under the Readiness Action Plan to reassure its member countries in Eastern Europe and the Baltic. The exercise focuses on conventional naval warfare and amphibious landings as well as on countering asymmetrical threats, and it will continue until 17 June.

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The 50‑odd ships and boats and more than 50 helicopters and planes come from the US and 13 other nations: Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The German Navy has provided five vessels for this large-scale exercise: the frigate Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the fleet replenishment ship Bonn, the minehunter Datteln, the drone controller Pegnitz and the replenishment ship Elbe.
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(© U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sara Grooms)

This is the translation of an article by Navy Press and Information Centre published on

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