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US military conduct drills in Black Sea

Source : 112 Ukraine

USS Porter enjoyed the support of Air Force vessels, including four F-16 fighter jets
08:03, 3 August 2020

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The U.S. military performed drills in the Black Sea. The Navy and Air Force went for a joint exercise, the command of the 6th Fleet reports.

USS Porter, the guided missile destroyer, Poseidon P-8A reconnaissance plane, four F-16 fighter jets, an MQ-9 Reaper drone and KC-135 Stratotanker participated in the drills.

"The purpose of this training event was to exercise command and control in a joint training environment with our U.S. Air Force brothers and sisters to increase our tactical proficiency, and Porter’s crew did just that,” said Cmdr. Craig Trent, Porter’s commanding officer. “This training enabled us to continue to build on our combined capability to quickly and effectively respond to any threats in the complex maritime environment”, reads the report.

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According to the military authority, "Porter and the P-8A Poseidon are currently operating in the Black Sea following participation in the 20th iteration of Exercise Sea Breeze. Exercise Sea Breeze is an annual, multinational maritime exercise co-led by the U.S. and Ukraine and designed to enhance interoperability among participating nations and strengthen regional security in the Black Sea".

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