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WASHINGTON, June 12, 1997 –  

Baltic Operations 1997 Scheduled

Twelve European nations and the United States will participate in the 25th annual Baltic Operations 1997 maritime exercise.

The exercise will include some 50 ships, aircraft, submarines and observers from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The exercise will take place in the Baltic Sea June 16-27.The exercise is in the spirit of NATO's Partnership for Peace initiative and will include two at-sea phases. The first phase begins June 16 in Gdynia, Poland, and ends June 20 when the ships visit Kiel, Germany.

Phase Two of the exercise is June 23-27. Participating nations will conduct a variety of maritime exercises intended to enhance multilateral training in air warfare, shallow water operations, air defense, seamanship and mine warfare.

USCG Legare, a U.S. Coast Guard cutter, will conduct the coastal patrol training for participating nations. This is the second consecutive year a Coast Guard cutter will take part in the exercise. (DoD release)

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Air Guard, Reserve Software Qualifies for Award

WASHINGTON -- A computer program that plans Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve flying missions is a finalist in a worldwide design competition for Microsoft Windows software, sponsored by Microsoft.

The program, Falcon View, is one of five finalists in the core business category of the 1997 World Windows Open, contest officials said. The competition awards developers and their companies for innovation in custom applications.

Previously, flight planning -- across a state or around the world -- required access to numerous maps, charts, weather information and other references not always available or current. The new software gives aircrews easy access to elevation data, satellite imagery, airport data, navigational aids and hazard information from their personal computers. Pilots use Falcon View to build their flight plans, check safety-of-flight parameters to identify military airspace and to print flight plans, maps and imagery.

Planning accuracy and safety have increased across the force for precise digital data and aeronautical mapping. Also, a Falcon View/Global Positioning Satellite link provides inflight precision location displays in the cockpit via laptop of many military aircraft that would not have this capability. (DoD release)

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