Pentagon says Sea Breeze 2017 drills in Ukraine become more intense

Source : 112 Ukraine

More than 30 ships will participate in the four-day free-play phase, operating and training together in the Black Sea
11:56, 20 July 2017

United States Navy’s Sixth Fleet representatives, who take part in the multinational exercises Sea Breeze in the Black Sea, note that the level of complexity of maneuvers increase this year for all components - at sea, on land and in the air. This is stated in a message made public by Pentagon's press service commenting on the drills.   

As the exercise forces transition into free play, an exercise control cell will inject information about notional events as part of the scenario. Operational-level leaders will assess the events and order tactical units -- such as ships -- to respond with controllers evaluating the decision-making and the execution of tasks by the tactical units.

"The key thing about this exercise is, over the last renditions of it, it's becoming far more complex; a very robust sea, air and land component," said Navy Capt. Matthew Lehman, deputy commander of U.S. 6th Fleet's Task Force 65 and the officer in tactical control of the exercise.

“Ships from Georgia, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine and the U.S. departed the port of Odessa and the nearby Western Naval Base yesterday to participate in the free-play phase of Exercise Sea Breeze 2017, “ the message on US Department of Defense.

Divers will conduct search-and-rescue and explosive ordnance disposal missions, while other units will carry out anti-submarine warfare, submarine warfare and air warfare missions.

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According to Lehman, aviation and amphibious components will also be tested during this phase. U.S. Marines will operate with their Ukrainian and Turkish counterparts, carrying out visiting, boarding, and search-and-seizure missions at sea and employing other tactics on land.

As it was reported earlier US can give Ukraine military boats after Sea Breeze-2017 drills. Ukraine agreed with the United States on the transfer of ‘Іsland’ patrol boats.

Related: US directs two combat ships with missiles to Sea Breeze drills first in six years

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