LISBON, Portugal --
LISBON, Portugal – U.S. Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are participating in combined Exercise Baltic Operations with 18 NATO allies and European partners.
BALTOPS, the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, began in 1972 and is now in its 50th iteration and continues to build on a legacy of high-end interoperability between allied and partner maritime forces.
Approximately 30 Marines and sailors from the 26th MEU commanded by Col. Dennis Sampson along with Marines and sailors from 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina are participating in Baltic Operations 50.
“Baltic Operations 50 is a great opportunity for 26th MEU to operate in a competitive space, while simultaneously conducting disaggregated operations from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, France, and Portugal,” said Col. Dennis Sampson, the commanding officer of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
During Baltic Operations 50, Marines with the 26th MEU will participate in a constructive, scenario-driven exercise, enhancing staff proficiency across various warfighting domains, as well as test advanced expeditionary warfare concepts in effort to contribute to our increased lethality, interoperability, and integrated warfighting.
“Exercises in Europe provide us with an opportunity to enhance relationships, interoperability, and interdependence with our allies and partners,” said Sampson. “Baltic Operations 50 and other similar exercises ensures the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit remains ready, relevant, and capable, ready to fight tonight and win in any clime or place.” The exercise, commanded by Vice Adm. Eugene H. Black, Commander U.S. Sixth Fleet and Striking and Support Forces NATO, demonstrates NATO’s commitment to promote peace and security in the region by exercising an international team of forces that can rapidly respond in a time of crisis.
The exercise begins Jun. 6 and will continue through Jun. 18, 2021.
For more information, contact the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Communication Strategy and Operations Officer Capt. Angelica Sposato at firstname.lastname@example.org.