030614-N-4374S-003 - Baltic Sea - A Russian SU-24 fighter jet roars above the Aegis cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) during the annual maritime exercise Baltic Operations 2003 (BALTOPS 2003). The United States and 12 other nations are participating in this year's exercise. BALTOPS 2003 is intended to improve interoperability between allies and Partnership for Peace countries by conducting a peace support operation at sea including exercises in gunnery, replenishment-at-sea, undersea warfare, radar tracking, mine countermeasures, seamanship, search and rescue, maritime interdiction operations, and scenarios dealing with potentially real world crises.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph by PH2 (SW) Michael Sandberg; Fleet Combat Camera, Atlantic.
Photograph cleared for public release by Cmdr. Victor Beck, BALTOPS 2003 PAO.