The exercise mentioned below occurred as part of this year’s multinational Baltic Operations (BALTOPS). The following are excerpts from the Daily Press of Hampton Roads, Virginia.

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Pentagon, NATO launch jubilee war games in Baltic Sea

Russia blasts U.S. for deploying nuclear-capable bombers for Baltic war games

NATO tests integration of fourth and fifth generation combat aircraft over Baltic

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40 ships. 60 aircraft. 18 nations. Hampton Roads amphibious group tests NATO’s ability to operate in close quarters

The leaders of a group of 15 Hampton Roads-based Navy ships are set to command even larger formations in line with the Navy’s latest thinking on how sailors and Marines should work together — and did so in an annual NATO exercise in the Baltic Sea.

That exercise involving Expeditionary Strike Group 2, known as ESG-2, was meant to test NATO’s ability to operate in the close quarters of those waters. The strike group’s commanding officer, Rear Adm. Robert Katz, directed 40 ships, 60 aircraft and 4,000 personnel from 18 nations.