NATO begins naval exercise near Scottish shores

  • Redakce ESJ
  • 26.9.2017 14:29

The US-led Formidable Shield naval exercise launched on Monday 25 September and aims to strengthen the synergy of NATO's naval forces, particularly in the field of missile defence.

The exercise is taking place at the Hebrides islands northwest of Scotland and will finish on 18 October. Aside from the US, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain are taking part in it. A total of 14 vessels and around 3,300 crew members will be deployed. The exercise includes the detection, tracking and interception of fired enemy missiles, including the coordination of multiple vessel types. The exercise can be seen as a response to the increasing tensions between North Korea and the United States, with Korea being the primary rocket threat due to its numerous tests, even despite its still somewhat limited technological capacities. A maritime exercise of a similar magnitude was organized by Russia and China in the Baltic in July, which caused concern in the Alliance as it was too close to European shores, although Russia denied that the exercise was directed against a third party.

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