The Finnish Navy is set to take part in the annual multilateral naval defence exercise Freezing Winds 2022.

The exercise will be conducted from 22 November to 2 December in and around the Gulf of Finland and Archipelago Sea regions.

It is expected to involve the participation of 5,000 coastal and land troops and 23 surface combatants, as well as transport, service and support vessels. 

The exercise aims to train the international forces to conduct joint operations in extreme weather conditions during the late autumn in the Finnish coast and Baltic Sea regions.

The ten-day activity will also see Finnish Navy personnel exchange skills and techniques with other international participating forces.

Finnish Navy Command chief of staff commodore Jukka Anteroinen said: “Our annual maritime defence exercise will provide a unique opportunity to rehearse demanding combat tasks in the harsh November weather conditions of the Baltic Sea.

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“The involvement of the international partners is a very welcome addition for the Navy. Our joint training will increase the stability and security of the entire Baltic Sea region.”

The Freezing Winds exercise will also involve participation from Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1).

The SNMG1 comprises three naval vessels, one each from the Netherlands, Norway and Denmark, while the SNMCMG1 consists of four warships from Germany and the Netherlands.

One US Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and the US Marine Corps’ 2nd Marine Logistics Group will also take part in the exercise.

In addition, Freezing Winds will include two of Sweden’s Visby-class corvettes, HMS Härnösanda and HMS Helsingborg, along with the Göteborg-class corvette HMS Gävle.

The exercise will also include the US Navy’s P-8A Poseidon aircraft, which will carry out maritime surveillance.

All participating vessels will berth in Turku, Finland, at the start of the exercise.