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US Second Fleet set to reach IOC as it prepares for ‘BALTOPS’ command

26 May 2019
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Key Points

  • The US Navy's Second Fleet, which was re-established in 2018, is approaching initial operational capability
  • Second Fleet will command the forthcoming 'BALTOPS' exercise in the fleet's first exercise lead

US Second Fleet is set to reach initial operational capability (IOC) prior to taking command of the forthcoming multinational 'Baltic Operations' ('BALTOPS') exercise, Jane's understands from a navy spokesperson. 'BALTOPS', which is a major exercise involving the US and NATO allies and partners, is taking place in the Baltic Sea from 9 to 21 June.

This will be the first time Second Fleet has taken command of an exercise, and its role in 'BALTOPS' will mark a major milestone in the process of validating Second Fleet as an operational command.

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