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“US Navy Ship DDG 117 Conducts Operations in Baltic Waters Alongside Finnish Navy Vessel Uusimaa 05”

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A recent joint naval exercise known as Baltic Eagle, conducted with the Finnish naval vessel FNS Uusimaa, aimed to enhance interoperability and strengthen strategic partnerships in the region. The operation highlighted the commitment of the United States and Finland to working together to address common security challenges in the Baltic Sea.

Commander Corry Lougee, Commanding Officer of USS Paul Ignatius, expressed enthusiasm about the opportunity to collaborate with their Finnish allies, stating, “It is a privilege to operate alongside our Finnish allies in the Baltic Sea. This joint exercise allows us to enhance our naval capabilities, build trust, and strengthen our alliance to ensure stability and security in the region.”

The partnership between the U.S. and Finland, as one of NATO’s newest Allies, is evident through exercises like Baltic Eagle and BALTOPS. The USS Paul Ignatius, an advanced Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, is equipped to handle various missions, including anti-air, anti-submarine, and anti-surface warfare. As part of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed naval forces in Europe and Africa, the ship plays a crucial role in promoting peace and security in the region.

U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF) has a longstanding history of building strategic relationships with allies and partners to preserve security and stability. Headquartered in Naples, Italy, NAVEUR-NAVAF oversees U.S. naval forces in the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) areas of responsibility. The U.S. Sixth Fleet, permanently assigned to NAVEUR-NAVAF, conducts maritime operations through joint and naval exercises to ensure regional security.

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