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US Marines march to the beach from a landing craft utility during an amphibious assault in Klaipeda, Lithuania, for exercise Baltic Operations 2019, June 16, 2019.

75 years after D-Day, the US Navy and Marines are still training for sea invasions, but now right by Russia’s shores

In June, the US Navy and Marine Corps and their partners put on the 47th Baltic Operations, practicing complex missions in a tense part of the world.
An British air force Typhoon fighter jet, foreground, with a Russian fighter over the Baltics.

British fighters intercepted Russian jets twice this weekend, as NATO conducts war games in the Baltics

The UK Ministry of Defense said Monday that the British fighters had intercepted Russian aircraft near Estonian airspace twice over the weekend.
Russian servicemen take part in the Zapad-2013 military exercise in Kaliningrad, September 26, 2013.

As NATO gets ready for its biggest military exercise in years, things are heating up closer to Russia

NATO is prepping for Trident Juncture, its largest exercise in years, which will be based in Norway. On the opposite end of the Baltic Sea, however, Russia and NATO have been enhancing their military readiness for years.
A Spanish air force Eurofighter Typhoon trails a US Marine Corps KC-130J to receive fuel as part of a bilateral fixed-wing air-to-air refueling training near Morón Air Base, Spain, July 13, 2017.

A Spanish fighter jet accidentally fired a missile near the border with Russia — and they still can’t find it

The jet was deployed to Lithuania as part of a regular Baltic air-policing mission, and the missile was fired after a routine training exercise over southeast Estonia, which borders Russia.
Russian servicemen during Zapad 2013 war games at the Khmelevka range in Russia's Kaliningrad Region, September 26, 2013.

Russia appears to be building up its military bases near a weak point in the NATO alliance

Satellite imagery appears to show activity around military bases in Russia's Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad in the months leading up to a summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko awards Russian servicemen during the Zapad 2017 war games in Belarus, September 20, 2017.

Russia practiced electronic warfare on its own troops during a massive military exercise this year

"The amount of jamming of their own troops surprised me," Estonia's military-intelligence chief said. "It was at a level we haven’t seen."

Watch Air Force A-10s practice takeoffs and landings on a highway in Estonia

The Thunderbolts are Estonia as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, and while there they took part in a revived Cold War-era exercise.

Russia took a jab at NATO on Twitter for close calls in the skies over Eastern Europe

Moscow claims that 20 foreign aircraft, six of which were intercepted, flew close to the Russian border this last week.

Russian and NATO pilots are testing each other’s wills in the skies above Eastern Europe

"What we see in the Baltic Sea is increased military activity — we see it on land, at sea and in the air," the NATO secretary general said.

A new report says Russia is intensifying its spy game in Eastern Europe

According to Estonia's intelligence service, Moscow has intensified intelligence operations abroad — a determination echoed by other countries in the region.