Kirby said Baltops 22 would involve 45 naval units, 75 aircraft and around 7,000 soldiers. Among other things, they would practice amphibious operations, anti-submarine warfare, air defense, mine clearance, ordnance disposal, as well as diving and salvage operations. Soldiers from Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Turkey, Great Britain and the USA are involved.
Against the background of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, a US-led war will take place next month large multinational maneuvers in the Baltic Sea region instead of. In addition to 14 NATO countries such as Germany, the annual maritime exercise “Baltops 22” would also include the Partner countries Sweden and Finland participate, said the spokesman for the US Department of Defense, John Kirby, on Thursday (local time) in Washington. Sweden is the host of the maneuver this year, which is planned from June 5th to 17th. Sweden and Finland have applied for NATO membership because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The maneuver has been taking place regularly in the Baltic Sea region since 1972.