The USS Arlington is one of the biggest amphibious transport dock ships, with about 400 Soldiers on board. It belongs to the US Marine and lays right now at the coast of Germany, in Kiel. Since ten days the Nato is once again showing biceps in the Baltic Sea, on air, on land and especially on the sea. The largest
European fleet maneuver, under Nato supervise and under the technical direction of the US Marine, is taking place this year for the 45th time. The arms are in chaines, but they could be easily unchained if there is a reason, which hopefully won’t happen. The maneuver under Vice Admiral Christopher Grady*, the current commander-in-chief of the Americans in Europe, Marine, and under Rear Admiral Paddy McAlpine, CBE Royal Navy, is a “relict” from the cold war. At that time, in the seventies, the US, and the Nato, wanted to secure the east sea
section together. Since Putin’s revival movements, the spectacle is again strategically important. On the conference on board of the Arlington, Grady said Baltops will allways stay like this, Nato and US Marine will keep up with Baltopsthe together. On Friday 16th the Baltops of 2017 came to an satisfying end. “We were very content with the exercise. Everything worked good together in between the 12 Nato members and the two joining states Sweden and Finland,” said the Admiral. The coordination of the units is one of the challenges. Therefore it is so important to exercise. This time moto for the maneuver were Landing and evacuating operations.
*Vice Admiral Christopher Grady: Commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO; Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Marine and support forces NATO; Deputy Commander, US Naval Forces Europe; Deputy Commander, US Naval Forces Africa
Joint Force Maritime Component Commander Europe