Sweden, U.S. military conduct training on Baltic island

Gotland, Sweden: The US Marine Corps and the Swedish Army conducted airdrops and amphibious landings on Gotland, a population of 58,000, as part of a NATO exercise in the Baltic Sea.

The exercise was attended by approximately 7,000 military personnel and 45 ships from 14 NATO countries, Sweden and Finland.

The annual BALTOPS exercise is not held in response to a particular threat, but this year’s exercise is in the midst of heightened tensions with Russia after the invasion of Ukraine.

Despite their non-aligned status, the war in Ukraine led the Swedish and Finnish governments to seek full NATO membership last month. NATO’s 30 member states will discuss this issue this month.

“I feel really ready. That is, we are making a major deployment to Gotland and defending Gotland. Occupying a defended island is a very difficult task. “Gotland’s regimental commander, Colonel Magnus Flickval of Sweden, said. It is strategically located in the middle of the southern Baltic Sea.

After the end of the Cold War, the Gottland regiment was closed in 2005 as Sweden reduced its army, but in 2014 Russia merged the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine and the closure was reconsidered, and in 2018 a new regiment was Gottt. Established in Land.

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, additional reinforcements will be added to 400 Swedish soldiers permanently based on the island.

At the start of the BALTOPS exercise in Stockholm last weekend, US General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, emphasized the importance of NATO allies “demonstrating solidarity with both Finland and Sweden.”

Consistent with NATO exercises, the Russian Baltic Fleet launched its own military exercises this week.

“There are more than 20 warships and boats in the waters of the Baltic Fleet, performing combat missions individually and as part of the carrier strike group and carrier strike group,” a Russian press said in a statement. Said. Sweden, U.S. military conduct training on Baltic island

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