The exercises are expected to last until May 13 and involve more than a dozen warships and submarines, as well as planes and helicopters. Photos of the first maneuvers were released on the Facebook page of NATO Maritime Command.
The exercise started shortly after a new wave of paranoia about “Russian submarines”, which began in late April, when Finland allegedly discovered an unidentified underwater object in its territorial waters.
In October 2014 a similar situation occurred in Sweden. In reference to the Finnish case, Swedish retired submarine forces commander Goran Frisk laid the blame on “Russians”.