February 21, 2019
U.S. Rear Adm. Stephen Evans, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 2, traveled through the Baltic region February 19-21 and met with key leaders in Estonia, reaffirming the United States’ commitment to NATO and the importance of strengthening interoperability with allies and partners at all levels.
“We train together to enhance our relationships and improve overall coordination with our allies and partners during both peace and times of conflict. There is simply no substitute for our interoperability among our units operating in Europe. It is the bedrock of our ability to assure our allies, respond to threats, and ensure support to global operations,” said Evans.
The U.S. has provided more than $100 million in combined security assistance to Estonia over the last several years, and conducts nearly 150 military-to-military engagements per year with over 60 of those taking place with U.S. personnel in Estonia. Rear Adm. Evans’ meetings in Estonia is the latest example of this on-going cooperation.