NATO’s BALTOPS 2019 naval exercise to start in Baltic Sea, Russian warships to track drill

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Navies of the United States of America and 17 other friendly nations will take part in the 47th annual Baltic Operations (BALTOPS 2019) in the Baltic Sea from June 9-21. Russia, which has been involved in a series of spats with the US over “dangerous manoeuvres” by fighter jets and warships of the two countries, will track the BALTOPS 2019 naval exercise using ships from its Baltic Fleet.

According to a US Navy press release Vice Admiral Andrew Lewis, commander of the US. 2nd Fleet, will lead BALTOPS 2019 on behalf of Naval Forces Europe.

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