NATO members are conducting major naval drills in response to potential Russian aggression in the Baltic Sea region.
This marks the first such exercise since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
The drills involve 30 ships and over 30,000 Western service members, led by the German Navy.
Germany's new naval headquarters in Rostock is coordinating the exercise.
The exercise will last 14 days and encompass NATO nations, Sweden, and non-Baltic allies.
It includes amphibious operations and precision strikes from sea to land targets.
The U.S. Navy's ship, Mesa Verde, will participate. Securing Baltic Sea routes is crucial for maritime commerce.
The geopolitical landscape is shifting with Finland and Sweden's imminent NATO membership, reducing the Baltic Sea's neutral territory.