Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS), the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, takes place in the Baltic Sea from June 1-15, 2018. Air, maritime and ground assets from several NATO ally and partner nations are involved in the live training event that sets sail from Klaipeda, Lithuania, and finishes in Kiel, Germany.
This year is the 46th iteration of the annual exercise and will involve approximately 5,000 personnel from 22 nations, 60 aircraft, 42 ships, and a submarine.
The 16 nations contributing forces: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The six nations contributing staff members are Canada, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Slovakia.