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August 27, 2015

Multinational maritime exercise Sea Breeze 2015 to begin on 31 August

The US and Ukraine are set to co-host multinational maritime exercise, Sea Breeze 2015, which will begin on 31 August in Odessa, Ukraine, and the Black Sea.

By Samseer M

The US and Ukraine are set to co-host multinational maritime exercise, Sea Breeze 2015, which will begin on 31 August in Odessa, Ukraine, and the Black Sea.

The annual exercise, now in its 14th iteration, will see the participation of maritime forces from 11 maritime nations and is aimed to improve interoperability and strengthen regional security.

US 6th Fleet commander vice admiral James Foggo III said: "This exercise represents an important opportunity to work with our partners and conduct meaningful training in the land, air, and maritime domains.

"I am confident that this exercise will also lead to valuable personal exchanges between our sailors, soldiers, airmen and marines, leading to stronger bonds and unity in this region."

"This exercise represents an important opportunity to work with our partners and conduct meaningful training."

The countries participating in the exercise include Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Moldova, Romania, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, the UK, and the US.

During the exercise, the at-sea phase will see maritime interdiction operations, anti-submarine warfare, and self-defence against small boat attacks.

In addition, this phase will cover other warfare areas, including air defence, damage control, search and rescue, and other tactical manoeuvres.

The land and air phase of Sea Breeze seeks to boost interoperability and capabilities among participating forces, as well as promoting regional security and cooperation between personnel.

Sea Breeze 2015 will be attended by around 400 US sailors, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), and a P-3C Orion from Patrol Squadron (VP) 9.

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