The Northern Coasts Naval exercises will be held in the territorial waters of Finland. Yle news agency reports that thousands of military personnel and dozens of ships from 13 countries will be involved.
The exercises will last for two weeks. About 3600 military will take part in the exercises. The military will practice the joint international operation of naval forces during these exercises.
“We started planning these exercises a year ago and informed Russia about our plans. Russia did not show particular interest in these exercises,” said Finnish Navy Commander Veijo Taipalus.
For the third time, Finland is heading the joint naval exercises of NATO, the EU and NATO partners.