The US Navy along with multi-domain forces from other allied and partner nations have commenced Nato’s vigilance activity, Neptune Shield 2022 (NESH 22).

NESH 22 will take place between 17 to 31 May in the Baltic Sea, Adriatic Sea and Mediterranean Sea regions.

Other participating nations include Croatia, Denmark, the UK, Greece, Italy, Albania, Germany, Latvia, France, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, the Netherlands, Turkey and Bulgaria.

The NESH 22 is the execution phase of Project Neptune which was conceptualised in 2020.

The project is a long series of activities carried out in support of Allied Joint Force Command Naples and Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum.

Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum commander general Jörg Vollmer said: “NESH22 is an excellent opportunity for improving the capacity to coordinate with Allies in continuing vigilance in order to train for Nato multi-domain and joint operations.

“Nato’s commitment to promoting peace and security in the Euro-Atlantic area is clearly expressed by the integration of our forces’ capability to rapidly respond in a time of crisis.”

Vigilance activities are conducted across the Supreme Allied Commander Europe’s Area of Responsibility in all domains.

The normal daily activities ensure strategic awareness and force readiness to maintain peace.

NESH 22 will involve the handover of command and control of the Combined Task Force 61/2 (CTF 61/2) and USS Harry S Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG).

The US Sixth Fleet CTF 61/2 includes the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and the USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).