Baltic navy ships key in North Sea NATO drills

Latvian National Armed Forces (NBS) tweeted Friday that its navy vessel Tālivaldis has been taking part in a key NATO training drill this week off the Scottish coast.

The minehunter Tālivaldis took part in the multi-national tactical exercise Joint Warrior hosted by the UK under Lithuanian command.

"I view this exercise as a valuable contribution to NATO-provided package of reassurance measures," said Lithuanian Navy Commander Giedrius Premeneckas, who led the Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group One (SNMCMG1), as one of the key forces taking part.

"It also clearly demonstrates strong Trans-Atlantic link with our US partners,” the Lithuanian officer added.

This deployment marks the first time that the Lithuanian Navy has taken command of one of NATO’s Standing Naval Forces with the Lithuanian Minelayer LNS Jotvingis leading the group’s minehunters, including the Talivaldis, the Estonian Navy’s ENS Sakala, Belgian Navy’s BNS Crocus, the German Navy’s FGS Datteln, the Polish Navy’s ORP Flaming,  the Norwegian Navy’s HNoMS Karmoey, and the Dutch Navy’s HNLMS Zierlkzee.

Commander Premeneckas took command of the Group August 7 during a port visit to Klaipeda, Lithuania. Since then, the Group has been operatating in the Baltic, providing maritime security and maritime situational awareness.

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