USS Mahan (DDG72) participated in combined Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) with the Russian frigate, RFS Neustrashimy (RFS 712), June 6 as part of the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2007.
BALTOPS, taking place June 4 - 15, is the largest annual international training event organized in the Baltic Sea
and includes in-port and at-sea serialized training events designed to build interoperability and better information-sharing practices with partnering nations.
The two ships took part in MIO operations -- the inspection and possible diversion of suspect merchant vessels -- as one of the first events of the multiphase exercise.
During the training event, small boats from Mahan with a boarding team from Neustrashimy practiced boarding procedures aboard the suspect cargo ship simulated by another player in the exercise, USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat
provided a KA-27
/32 Helix helicopter to monitor the boarding.
The U.S.-led invitational exercise will involve 25 ships, two submarines and several air assets over the course of the 11-day event.
Participants include the United States
, Denmark, Germany
, Russia, the Netherlands, Lithuania
, Poland, Sweden
and the United Kingdom with the combined goal of promoting mutual understanding, confidence, cooperation, and interoperability among forces and personnel of participating nations.
From USS Mahan Public Affairs