Release: 17-50 Jul 7, 2017
Exercise Sea Breeze: Air, Land, Sea and Amphibious Forces head to Black Sea
STUTTGART, Germany – Air, land, sea, and amphibious forces from 17 nations will participate in Exercise Sea Breeze, co-hosted by the U.S. and Ukraine, from July 10-22, 2017 in the Black Sea.
The 17th edition, Sea Breeze 2017 is an annual recurring multinational exercise that will focus on a variety of warfare areas to include maritime interdiction operations, air defense, anti-submarine warfare, damage control tactics, search and rescue, and amphibious warfare.
The exercise is designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, strengthen combined response capabilities, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner nation forces to ensure stability in the Black Sea region.
This year's participating nations include: Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.
U.S. participation is expected to include the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, USS Hue City (CG 66); the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Carney (DDG 64); a P-8A Poseidon from Maritime Patrol Squadron (VP) 16; elements of Naval Special Warfare Unit 2; the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Maritime Ashore Support Team (MAST); a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST); Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit 8; Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1; Underwater Construction Team 1; and members of the CNE-CNA/C6F staff. In total, approximately 800 U.S. Sailors and Marines are expected to participate.
U.S. European Command is one of the United States’ two forward-deployed Geographic Combatant Commands whose area of focus cover almost one-fifth of the planet, including all of Europe, large portions of Asia, parts of the Middle East and the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. The command is responsible for military relations with NATO and 51 countries with a total population of close to a billion people.