31 Aug '15, 7am

#NATO, Ukraine kick off #BlackSea naval drill #military #Navy

#NATO, Ukraine kick off #BlackSea naval drill #military #Navy

© REUTERS/ Murad Sezer NATO Wraps Up Joint Naval Drill in the Black Sea "The aim of the exercises is to practice a multinational security operation in a crisis region," the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said in a statement. The land, naval and air drills, to run until September 12, are also designed to improve interoperability between the Ukrainian Naval Forces and the Naval Forces of NATO member and partner countries, the statement said. The exercises, held under NATO's Partnership for Peace program in Ukraine’s Odessa and Nikolayev regions, involve around 2,500 military personnel also from Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Britain, Romania, Sweden, Turkey and Moldavia, including about 1,000 troops from Ukraine. US participation in Sea Breeze-2015 includes approximately 400 sailors, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook and a P...

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