Finnish Navy press release – Translation by Naval News
During the exercises, which began Friday, May 13, participating units practiced maritime traffic protection, situational awareness, littoral combat tasks, and live firing drills, among others. The exercise is under the direction of Finnish Navy Commander Rear Admiral Jori Harju and will continue until the end of next week.
The Coastal Brigade undertakes a battle group exercise in the Kotka and Hamina region, followed by coastal artillery rounds and anti-ship missile launches from the Hanko area.
The Nyland Brigade conducted coastal battle drills in the Hanko area and the Archipelago Sea. Units were transported with NH90 helicopters and boats. The exercises also include coastal forces and vessels from the Swedish Navy’s 1st Marine Regiment (AMF1).
The Coastal Fleet has practiced maritime traffic protection and interagency coordination at the sea south of the Land Islands. The Border Guard and the Navy collaborate on a vessel inspection exercise as part of the training. The drills at sea are also scheduled to include PASSEX training with the Swedish Navy’s FS Gävle and FS Carlskrona, as well as the US Navy’s USS Gravely, USS Gunston Hall, and USS Kearsarge.
The exercise activities aim to increase the Finnish Defence Forces’ readiness and ability to collaborate with various authorities and partner countries, as well as their ability to monitor and preserve Finland’s territorial integrity.