The largest aircraft carrier in the world, the USS Gerald R Ford, towered over many other Nato allied vessels, including vessels of the Royal Navy, as they sailed in the Norwegian Sea.
The USS Gerald R Ford is the most advanced and newest U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier.
Each year, the navies of different member states, including the U.K., descend on the Baltic Sea for a multinational exercise designed to strengthen partnerships.
Twenty nations, 50 ships, more than 45 aircraft, and 6,000 personnel are participating in the 52nd iteration of this ongoing exercise which started on 4 June from Tallinn in Estonia.
Ships that are participating include:
- The USS Gerald R Ford (the CVN 78)
- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser dubbed USS Normandy (the C.G. 60)
- The Type 23 Frigate HMS Northumberland (the F238)
- The daring-class air defence destroyer, the HMS Defender (the D36), belonging to the Royal Navy
- The Auxiliary Tide-class tanker, the RFA Tidespring (the A136), belonging to the British Royal Fleet
- The Fridtjof Nansen-class Frigate, the HNoMS Otto Sverdrup (the F312), belonging to the Royal Norwegian Navy
- A Skjold-class corvette titled the HNoMS Steil (the P963)
The exercise involves a wide range of training based on possible real-world events and crises, wherein the participants act as opposing or defending forces.
They could also involve several maritime security activities, including anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue, mine countermeasures, general seamanship, and radar tracking.
The Royal Navy sends several vessels to participate in Exercise Baltops each year, including minehunters, frigates, and patrol vessels.
References: DVIDS, Forces Net
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