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Thousands Of British Personnel To Deploy To Baltic Sea For Exercises

British personnel are to be deployed to the Baltic Sea for a series of multinational exercises to bolster European security.

British personnel have been on exercise in Norway this year (Picture: Royal Navy).

Nearly 2,000 British Armed Forces personnel are to be deployed to the Baltic Sea for a series of multinational exercises to bolster European security.

Personnel from all nations of the UK-led high-readiness Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) will take part in the 'Baltic Protector' deployment from May to July.

They are expected to test themselves with maritime tactical exercises, amphibious drills, shore landings and naval manoeuvres.

Around 20 naval vessels, including Royal Navy ships, will be involved in the deployment.

The Ministry of Defence says personnel from the British Army and Royal Air Force will also take part.

Defence ministers and representatives from the Joint Expeditionary Force nations countries will meet at the MOD this week to discuss the deployment and test the mechanisms for mobilising the force.

HMS Ocean during BALTOPS 2015 in Baltic Sea 080615
HMS Ocean during BATLOPS 2015 in the Baltic Sea (Picture: Crown Copyright).

Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said:

"As Britain prepares to leave the EU, our unwavering commitment to European security and stability is more important than ever.

"Deploying our world-class sailors and marines to the Baltic Sea, alongside our international allies, firmly underlines Britain's leading role in Europe."

The UK-led Maritime Task Group will conduct a series of demanding amphibious exercises and maritime security patrols across the Baltic Sea.