BALTOPS 50 drills will include air defence, anti-submarine warfare, amphibious operations, maritime interdiction, mine countermeasure operations. During the first six days, ships and aircraft will transit through the Danish Straits, focusing on maritime operations in critical chokepoints, ensuring access and freedom of navigation in the Baltic Sea. The exercise will continue to move East during its two phases, operating in accordance with international law and supported by participating Allies and Partners.
For the first time, exercise design incorporates defensive cyber warfare tactics, techniques and procedures as BALTOPS continues to adapt and train to ensure an asymmetric advantage in the era of modern warfare. Another first is the integration of the German Air Force Multinational Air Group Days into BALTOPS 50, allowing to mutually benefit from available air and naval assets to conduct meaningful joint training.
BALTOPS 50 involves participation from 18 nations. The 16 NATO and two Partner nations will provide approximately 40 maritime units, 60 aircraft, and 4,000 personnel.
The participating nations are: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the U.K., and the U.S. BALTOPS, held in the Baltic region since in 1972, is a joint, maritime-focused exercise that brings together NATO Allies and partners in order to increase interoperability and enhance flexibility among the participants.