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    President Andrzej Duda Visits Naval Operations Command in Gdynia

    President Andrzej Duda recently visited the Naval Operations Command in Gdynia. During his visit, he was briefed on the ongoing BALTOPS-24 exercises in the Baltic Sea, emphasizing their critical role in NATO’s strategic cooperation and Poland’s security.

    Importance of the Baltic Sea

    President Duda highlighted the Baltic Sea’s significance, stressing the need to protect Poland’s maritime infrastructure, including ports and undersea communication lines. This region is vital for trade, military support, and energy supply routes, such as the Baltic pipeline and LNG terminal.

    BALTOPS-24 Exercises

    BALTOPS-24, the largest in its history, involves over 50 warships, 25 aircraft, 60 helicopters, and nearly 12,000 NATO soldiers. Key tasks include mine clearance, fire support, anti-submarine warfare, convoy escorting, and amphibious landings. The exercise also focuses on protecting underwater infrastructure for the first time.

    Regional Security Concerns

    Duda pointed out the ongoing Russian provocations in the Baltic region, especially following Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. He reiterated the importance of NATO interoperability and the readiness of Poland’s navy to counter any threats, underscoring the strategic interests of the Republic of Poland.

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