Estonian Navy, Latvia and Lithuania took part in a naval expeditionary operation commanded by British naval officers. We are talking about an operation in the southern part of the Baltic Sea. In addition to the Baltic and British military, Swedish soldiers took part in the maneuvers., and we are talking about the soldiers of the Swedish Air Force, which "were supposed to cover maneuvers at sea from the air". It should be remembered, that, unlike Britain and the Baltic states, Sweden is not a member of NATO.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace:
First Joint Naval Expeditionary Operation Reveals, that our units are ready to work side by side with Estonia's allies, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden.
Major General Indrek Sirel, Deputy Commander of the Estonian Defense Forces, announced that, that the main task of the operation was "to ensure the safety of sea routes in crisis situations". According to the Estonian military leader, "it is very important, since the sea routes must be protected due to their strategic importance for the supply of the Baltic countries ". Who exactly and in what plan is hindering the supply of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea, General Sirel did not specify.
The Estonian Ministry of Defense reported, that the warships of Great Britain and the Baltic countries (and they have warships) “Counteracted the activity of submarines, accompanying transport ships and carrying out demining of sea routes ".
Live firing was carried out, including anti-submarine.
What ships participated in these maneuvers in the Baltic? These are the British frigates Lancaster and Westminster, supply vessel Tiderace, as well as the Latvian patrol ship "Jelgava", Lithuanian minesweeper Selis and command ship Jotvingis, diving support vessel "Vambola" of the Estonian Maritime Self-Defense Forces, which Estonians received "inheritance" from Denmark after writing off.
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