STUTTGART, Germany - U.S. and Ukrainian Marines launched coordinated
amphibious assault from a Turkish ship against a beachhead, today, during
Exercise Sea Breeze in Mykolaivka, Ukraine.
The partnered Marine forces assaulted the beach in two different waves with
firepower from a land force to support the attack. The coordinated attack
demonstrated a high-level of military interoperability among Allies and
"It's a great opportunity for U.S. Marines to train with and execute an
amphibious landing with our Allies and partners," said Capt Kevin Murphy,
commanding officer of the 3rd Battalion, 23rdMarine Regiment, based out of
Nashville, Tennessee. "The cooperation and support received from Turkey and
Ukraine has been superb."
Sea Breeze 2017 is an annual, multinational exercise that focuses on
maritime interdiction operations, air defense, anti-submarine warfare,
damage control tactics, search and rescue, and amphibious warfare.
Sea Breeze is currently in its 17th iteration and is co-hosted by the U.S.
and Ukraine, with the participation of 16 Allied and partner countries.
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.
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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.