The Ukrainian Navy conducted a PASSEX-type exercise with the naval forces of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member states, namely the United States, Turkey and Romania, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said in a statement Saturday.
"In the Black Sea, Ukrainian Navy ships took part in PASSEX-class exercises with ships of the US, Turkish and Romanian navies. Among others, the flagship of the US Sixth Fleet, the Mount Whitney command ship, was involved. The US Navy aircraft was also involved, the P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft and a helicopter. A total of seven ships took part in the exercise, two of which were from the Ukrainian Navy, the Sloviansk patrol boat and the medium landing ship Yuriy Olefirenko," the message reads.
It is noted the purpose of the exercices was to work out interaction as part of a multinational tactical group in accordance with NATO standards and increase the level of compatibility with the fleets of the Alliance.
During the training, the elements of tactical maneuvering, training in signal production using the international signaling system, coverage of the maritime situation in areas of intensive civilian navigation, communication training, and others, were practiced.
Ukraine holds PASSEX naval drills in the Black Sea periodically with NATO members and partner countries to bring the level of its naval forces closer to the alliance's standards. In June 2020, Ukraine was granted the status of a partner in the NATO Enhanced Opportunities Program.