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Prepared Remarks of Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Vice Adm. James Foggo III at Press Availability for BALTOPS 2015

June 7, 2015 at 3:08 PM UTC
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The following prepared remarks of Vice Adm. James Foggo III, commander U.S. 6th Fleet, were for the #BALTOPS2015 media availability aboard USS San Antonio (LPD 17) in Gdynia, Poland June 7. 

The following prepared remarks of Vice Adm. James Foggo III, commander U.S. 6th Fleet, were for the #BALTOPS2015 media availability aboard USS San Antonio (LPD 17) in Gdynia, Poland June 7. 

Ladies and Gentlemen, jen-doh-bah-ray (good afternoon). It is my distinct pleasure to speak with you today about BALTOPS 2015. We are grateful to the city of Gdynia for hosting the pre-sail phase of BALTOPS. RADM Mordel and the Third Ship’s Flotilla should be commended for what they have done to execute this portion of the exercise. Poland has significantly supported this exercise. We are grateful for the use of the training range in Ustka for a number scenarios, including the culminating amphibious landing.

BALTOPS is a multi-national exercise conducted in a joint environment by 14 NATO and three partner nations throughout the Baltic Sea and Baltic region at large. This year, BALTOPS will be conducted under the NATO flag. I will command BALTOPS in my role as the Commander of Striking and Support Forces NATO and will embark this great ship with my STRIKFORNATO staff.

During BALTOPS, we will focus on enhancing flexibility and interoperability, while demonstrating resolve of our allied and partner forces to maintain the security of the Baltic region.

This is the 43rd year of BALTOPS, and is one of the largest ever. We have 49 ships, 61 aircraft, one submarine, and approximately 5,600 Sailors, Marines, airmen, and soldiers making up the BALTOPS force. These forces will conduct training across a broad spectrum of naval warfare areas, including air defense, maritime interdiction, anti-submarine warfare and amphibious operations.

While coming from many different nations, we set out to conduct this exercise with unity of purpose and peaceful intentions in our actions.

Our 17-nation force is a testament to our collective commitment to regional stability. For those nations not participating, we have, will, and continue to respect their sovereignty, their fleets, and their commanders. We will conduct our operations in a respectful and professional manner throughout this exercise. We expect the same from them.

Let me emphasize that BALTOPS is an annual training exercise. It has been planned closely and very publicly with our allies and partners for months in advance.

NATO and our partners share a common interest in maintaining a Europe and Baltic region that is safe, secure and prosperous. BALTOPS exercises have resulted in great success, and have created a foundation for the strong relationships we share with the Baltic States.

BALTOPS enables all of us participating to learn from each other and build partnerships that last. Working together contributes to regional security, and allows us to address risks before they become crises.

Jin-qui-yeh (thank you)

 

Additional Links:

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