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75 years after D-Day, the US Navy and Marines are still training for sea invasions, but now right by Russia’s shores
In June, the US Navy and Marine Corps and their partners put on the 47th Baltic Operations, practicing complex missions in a tense part of the world.
British fighters intercepted Russian jets twice this weekend, as NATO conducts war games in the Baltics
The UK Ministry of Defense said Monday that the British fighters had intercepted Russian aircraft near Estonian airspace twice over the weekend.
As NATO gets ready for its biggest military exercise in years, things are heating up closer to Russia
NATO is prepping for Trident Juncture, its largest exercise in years, which will be based in Norway. On the opposite end of the Baltic Sea, however, Russia and NATO have been enhancing their military readiness for years.
A Spanish fighter jet accidentally fired a missile near the border with Russia — and they still can’t find it
The jet was deployed to Lithuania as part of a regular Baltic air-policing mission, and the missile was fired after a routine training exercise over southeast Estonia, which borders Russia.
Satellite imagery appears to show activity around military bases in Russia's Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad in the months leading up to a summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
"The amount of jamming of their own troops surprised me," Estonia's military-intelligence chief said. "It was at a level we haven’t seen."
The Thunderbolts are Estonia as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, and while there they took part in a revived Cold War-era exercise.
Moscow claims that 20 foreign aircraft, six of which were intercepted, flew close to the Russian border this last week.
"What we see in the Baltic Sea is increased military activity — we see it on land, at sea and in the air," the NATO secretary general said.
According to Estonia's intelligence service, Moscow has intensified intelligence operations abroad — a determination echoed by other countries in the region.