Posts tagged as ships

NATO kicks off Baltic Sea drills downscaled due to pandemic

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Two Lithuanian vessels have departed for the annual US-led NATO exercise BALTOPS in the Baltic Sea, which has been downscaled due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, the drills will involve fewer troops and will take place exclusively at sea to reduce risks of the pandemic. All participating troops have been tested for Covid-19 and amphibious landings have been cancelled. The exercise, involving 3,000 personnel, 28 ships and various aircraft…

NATO ships clear more than 50 mines from Baltic Sea

Saturday, November 16, 2019

November 14 saw the conclusion of the Joint Hod ops (Historical Ordnance Disposal Operation) exercise organized by NATO’s 1st Standing Anti-Mine Squad and the Baltic Minesweeper Squadron (BALTRON) which began November 4. The main task of the training was to find and neutralize explosive items left over from World War I and World War II of the Latvian coast near Irbe in order to improve maritime safety in the Baltic Sea, as well…

The Baltics with ships, but without electricity

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, July 18, 2019

It became known yesterday that Lithuania will acquire a rescue vessel for the naval forces worth about 40 million euros. “The contract with the winner of the tender for the construction of the vessel is planned to be signed in December of this year,” the ministry said. A preliminary cost – 39.4 million euros. Moreover, electricity in Lithuania went up by 23% to 47.4 euro per megawatt-hour last week. Prices…

Sailors from Russian-seized ships detained for two months

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

In the Russian-annexed Ukrainian Crimea, a court has ruled that Ukrainian soldiers seized together with ships on the Kerch strait should be kept in detention for two months, TASS and Reuters report. Canadian-British news agency Reuters reports, citing Russian state news agency TASS that the court ruling passed on Tuesday, November 27. It applies to the first of 23 sailors seized in an attack on two Ukrainian artillery ships and…

Russia accused of keeping ships from Ukraine’s Azov Sea ports

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Ukrainian government and the West allege Russia is deliberately keeping ships from going into the Sea of Azov, which is situated to the north of the Black Sea behind Russia-controlled Kerch Strait. French news agency AFP reported on Wednesday, September 26, that Ukraine criticises what it sees as a deliberate move by Moscow to block the single shipping route into the Azov Sea, where Ukraine’s cargo ports of Mariupol and…