Presenting the Baltops exercise to the media on a beach in the archipelago was the American vice-admiral in charge of Baltops, James Foggo, flanked by Swedish and British rear-admirals, Jens Nykvist and Paddy McAlpine. Photo: Loukas Christodoulou/Sveriges Radio.
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Presenting the Baltops exercise to the media was the American vice-admiral in charge of Baltops, James Foggo, flanked by Swedish and British rear-admirals, Jens Nykvist and Paddy McAlpine. Photo: Loukas Christodoulou/Sveriges Radio.
rear-Admiral Paddy McAlpine says the new UK-Swedish agreement will mean more training together. Photo: Loukas Christodoulou/Sveriges Radio
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rear-Admiral Paddy McAlpine says the new UK-Swedish agreement will mean more training together. Photo: Loukas Christodoulou/Sveriges Radio
Lieutenant Colonel Fredrik Herlitz is in charge of the Swedish-Finnish marine group, who are slotting into Baltops as a single unit. Photo: Loukas Christodoulou/Sveriges Radio
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Lieutenant Colonel Fredrik Herlitz is in charge of the Swedish-Finnish marine group, who are slotting into Baltops as a single unit. Photo: Loukas Christodoulou/Sveriges Radio
The Swedish-Finnish group uses Swedish internally, but English to talk to others. Photo: Loukas Christodoulou/Sveriges Radio
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The Swedish-Finnish group uses Swedish internally, but English to talk to others. Photo: Loukas Christodoulou/Sveriges Radio
US marine captain Steven Valentin says when talking to Swedish pilots it's "just like being at home". Photo: Loukas Christodoulou/Sveriges Radio
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US marine captain Steven Valentin says when talking to Swedish pilots it's "just like being at home". Photo: Loukas Christodoulou/Sveriges Radio

Exercise shows how close Sweden is to NATO

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Swedish marines are working with their Nato counterparts in a major Baltic exercise, and the Nato commander says he doesn't see how even actual Nato membership could bring the Swedes closer.

Radio Sweden reports from the exercise on what "interoperability" sounds like in practise as Sweden has just signed a string of important defence agreements that will bring it even closer to the U.K., U.S.A., and Nato. That's despite being formally outside of the Atlantic military alliance.

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