Exercise BALTIC FORTRESS - BNS PRIMULA (M-924) with Latvian MI17 SAR helicopter during a WINCH exercise - 10 MAY 2016 - Photo by WO C.ARTIGUES (HQ MARCOM). Naval forces of the Baltic states and other NATO members are scheduled to hold Baltic Fortress '16 military exercise in Latvia's waters.
This year's drill, which will take place from May 6-13, will feature not only the Baltic mine hunting squadron BALTRON, but also two groups of NATO warships - Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1).
Involved in the Latvia-led exercise will be 14 ships and personnel from ten countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Germany, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Denmark and the UK.
Baltic Fortress is a naval exercise hosted by one of the Baltic states on the rotation basis.