On July 9, Sea Breeze 2018, the U.S.-Ukrainian naval drills began in Odesa, the major port city in southern Ukraine.
According to Radio Liberty, the exercise will be running until July 21, covering the northwestern waters of the Black Sea, as well as seaports, airports and firing ranges in Odesa, Mykolaiv and Kherson region.
Rear Admiral of Ukraine's Navy Oleksiy Neyizhpapa and U.S. Navy Captain Matthew Liman are the co-commanding officers in charge of the exercise.
This year's Sea Breeze involves 30 vessels from naval forces of 19 countries, including a Turkish submarine. An important feature of the exercise is that the multinational staff will be coordinating the actions of naval, air and ground forces from USS Mount Whitney, the flagship of the 6th U.S. Navy Fleet.
On July 7, USS Mount Whitney, an American Navy flagship, entered the Black Sea to participate in the joint Ukrainian-American exercise Sea Breeze-2018, as the press office of the Sixth Fleet of American Navy reports.
“The USS Mount Whitney is excited to return to the Black Sea. We look forward to working with our partners in the region to build relationships that promote peace and economic stability in the region and the globe. Mount Whitney's presence will assure our partners and allies of our commitment to maritime security and shared interests,” Robert Aguilar, the captain of the sip, said.
On July 8, USS Porter, the missile cruiser of the 6th U.S. Navy Fleet reached the seaport of Odesa.