Ustka, Poland (Jun. 10, 2004) - A Polish amphibious vehicle containing U.S. Marine Reservists assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 24 Marine Division, enters the Baltic Sea to embark the Polish Lublin-class minelayeramphibious ORP Poznan, during a beach assault exercise. BALTOPS is an individual combined maritime and land exercise in the Baltic Sea, conducted "in the spirit of" Partnership For Peace (PFP). The operation runs from 07-19 June 2004 and includes NATO and non-NATO participants. The mission of BALTOPS 2004 is to promote mutual understanding, confidence, cooperation, and interoperability among forces and personnel of participating nations and support national unit/staff training objectives through a series of robust training exercises.
[b]U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class George Sisting[/b]