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The 17th edition of exercise Sea Breeze will take place in the Black Sea from July 10-22, 2017. Air, land, sea, and amphibious forces from 16 nations will participate in the U.S./Ukraine co-hosted exercise this year, which is intended to provide high end training for the participants.
Sea Breeze 2017 is an annual recurring multinational exercise that will focus on a variety of warfare areas to include maritime interdiction operations, air defense, anti-submarine warfare, damage control tactics, search and rescue, and amphibious warfare. The exercise is designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, strengthen combined response capabilities, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner nation forces to ensure stability in the Black Sea region.
This year’s participating nations include: Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
U.S. participation is expected to include the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, USS Hue City (CG 66); the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Carney (DDG 64); a P-8A Poseidon from Maritime Patrol Squadron (VP) 16; elements of Naval Special Warfare Unit 2; the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Maritime Ashore Support Team (MAST); a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST); Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit 8; Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1; Underwater Construction Team 1; and members of the CNE-CNA/C6F staff. In total, approximately 800 U.S. Sailors and Marines are expected to participate.
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