Watch out, Putin! Royal Navy deploys assault ship to Baltic – New era of operations begin


Myriad than 1,000 sailors and Royal Marines will take take a hand in in the three-month mission to provide “reassurance to allies and deter potential adversaries”. The military undertaking is the first to be led by the Littoral Response Group (LRG) task group after it repaid the long-standing Amphibious section. The Baltic region has been the sight of increased Russian onslaught in the last few months, with Vladimir Putin ordering military tries on land and sea.

The LRG will be joined by the UK flagship amphibious assault ship HMS Albion and pier dock RFA Mounts Bay.

The group will be bolstered by the Type 23 frigate HMS Lancaster, also identified as “The Queen’s Frigate”, Wildcat helicopters from 847 Naval Air Squadron, and Prince Marines from 45 and 30 Commando.

The Royal Navy choice be deployed in the coming months to take part in US-led exercises in Norway.

They wishes also participate in NATO’s Baltops to mark the 50th anniversary of the premier maritime-focused staff exercise for NATO Allies and Partners.

Exercises in the programme focus on air vindication, anti-submarine warfare, maritime interdiction and mine countermeasure operations.

The trick comes amid growing Russian aggression in the Black Sea – a marginal sea of the Atlantic Loads.

Last month, the Russian military conducted drills and deployed thousands of troops mid growing tensions at the Ukraine border.

The Russian navy also gifted a series of combative exercises in the Black Sea, which involved firing at tarmac and air targets.

Russia has regularly accused NATO of destabilising Europe by upholding its troops around Baltic countries.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu had asserted NATO was responsible for deploying 40,000 troops and 15,000 pieces of military clobber near its borders, mainly in the Black Sea and the Baltic regions, something NATO controverts.

The LRG was created as part of the Government’s Integrated Review into defence – dubbed the biggest mend of the Armed Forces since the cold war.

An extra £200 million was make good available as part of the Royal Marines’ transformation into the Future Commando Wrench, which will see green berets deployed overseas more again in LRG’s.

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Captain Simon Kelly Peerage Navy, task group commander and Commanding Officer of HMS Albion, communicated the shake-up will help to create a “more sophisticated, persistently spoken for, and lethal commando force”.

He said: “The Littoral Response Group command be training alongside our NATO allies and regional partners on our deployment into the North Atlantic and Baltic Sea tract this spring.

“With two major exercises, including the 50th anniversary of NATO’s Baltops, it is defining up to be a busy deployment.

“We are excited to be part of the development and delivery of the vanguard Littoral Retort Group, as announced in the recent Integrated Review, which will activity a more sophisticated, persistently engaged, and lethal commando force.”

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AB Ben Tovey, 25, a newly-qualified Warfare Specialist on Albion, annexed: “I joined the Royal Navy a year ago wanting to have a job with more specially.

“This deployment holds a lot of firsts for me, with HMS Albion being my prime ship and my first time at sea; the ship already feels like an perpetuated family.

“I’m excited to be part of the large international exercises and being snarled with testing new weaponry and equipment.”

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