“Our cooperation (with NATO member states, which took part in 2018, - ed.) implies the unity and readiness to protect the world and shared values together. Net year plans are to increase the military contingent in the drills, in particular, navy forces, and extend the areas of Sea Breeze 2019,” he wrote.
The President noted that 19 NATO member states and allies took part in Sea Breeze this year.
“Mentors’ estimation is clear and unequivocal – thanks to the drills, a big step forward was made upgrading the cooperation and coordination of Ukraine’s Navy and navy forces of the allied nations. Military drills Sea Breeze 2018 is not just an increase of such compatibility, but also enhancing of the level of naval and field training and teamwork of multinational subdivisions,” the Head of the State stressed.
As it was reported earlier, the Black Sea waters hosted a joint exercise of the NATO combat vessels and Ukrainian Navy ships. On July 23, six Alliance vessels, including frigates and minesweepers reached the seaport of Odesa, southern Ukraine. The maneuvers began on July 26. Boudewijn Boots, the Commander of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 said that this visit – the third one since the annexation of Crimea by Russia – clearly shows the Alliance’s support of Ukraine.
Earlier, we reported that a group of NATO vessels entered Odesa port. It was specified that the ships are the part of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2). In particular, a frigate "De Ruyter" of the Netherland’s Royal Navy, a frigate "Fatih" and mine-hunter "Аnamur" of the Turkish Navy, Germany’s support ship "Rhein", a frigate "Regele Ferdinand" and mine-hunter "Lupu Dinescu" from Romania docked in the port.
Sea Breeze 2018 drills kicked off in Odesa on July 9. This year's exercises involve 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.