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Thousands of NATO troops take part in joint exercises in the Baltic region

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun19,2024

Thousands of NATO troops are taking part in joint exercises in the Baltic region

Photo: US troops on a Gotland beach after an amphibious landing exercise

About 9,000 troops from 20 NATO countries are taking part in military exercises in the Baltic Sea region, which have gained strategic importance following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Sweden has taken part in Baltops exercises before, but this year is participating for the first time as a full NATO member after joining the Alliance earlier this year, reports  Associated Press agency.

During the exercises, they practice trawling sea mines, detecting submarines, landing troops and the actions of doctors in a situation of mass casualties.

The purpose of the exercises – enhance interoperability of forces and underscore the allies' commitment to shared security, officials said.

Navy, air and ground forces exercises are being conducted in the Baltic Sea, Sweden and its strategic island of Gotland, as well as Lithuania, Poland and Germany.

About 50 ships, 45 aircraft and helicopters are involved in the exercise, which will last until Thursday.

Prepared by: Sergei Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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