Sea Breeze, the co-hosted by the US and Ukraine exercise, will take place July 10-22 on the Black Sea. Forces from 17 nations will participate in the drills, according to the message posted by US European Command (EUCOM).
This year, besides the organizing the US and Ukraine, military from Belgium, Bulgaria, the UK, Greece, Georgia, Canada, France, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Turkey and Sweden will also participate. The drills will include Air, Land, Sea and Amphibious Forces.
The aim of the exercise is to enhance flexibility and interoperability, strengthen combined response capabilities.
The drills will focus on air defense, anti-submarine warfare, damage control tactics, search and rescue, and amphibious warfare.
The organizers tell that the exercise is designed to ensure stability in the Black Sea region.
The US plan to include the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, USS Hue City, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Carney, a P-8A Poseidon from Maritime Patrol Squadron.
In total, about 800 U.S. Sailors and Marines are expected to participate.
As we reported earlier, President Petro Poroshenko signed the bill that allows participation of foreign army units in the military drills in Ukraine. The drills are slated for 2017 and include Sea Breeze 2017 and Rapid Trident 2017.